1 Timothy 6:11-16

Our devotions this Lenten season have been written by members of Faith Lutheran Church.  Today’s devotion is by Luetta Allen.  Also, if you would like to join our staff in praying the liturgy for Responsive Prayer/Suffrages just click here.

 

But as for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life, to which you were called and for which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. In the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep the commandment without spot or blame until the manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will bring about at the right time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords. It is he alone who has immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see; to him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.  1 Timothy 6:11-16

 

Paul writes to Timothy with instruction and encouragement.  Note that he uses action verbs; flee, pursue, and a very vivid verb, fight. He is NOT advising that we get our name on a roster and then sit contentedly as members.  Are we called to be Christian members, or Christian disciples?  Disciples are students and followers.  They learn and they take action.  Paul tells us that we are to take action in our faith.  We are to fight the good fight.  What a powerful image.  We may get bruised, hurt, knocked down, but with the strength of our God and the encouragement of our fellow Christians, we keep getting up and coming back swinging.

 

We are to pursue many noble attributes including endurance, because we are to keep this command for how long?  We are to keep the command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ…our whole life.  A life with Christ is not passive, it is active.

 

We are not meek, we are his bold soldiers.

 

Let us pray:  Father God, give us the wisdom to know your will and the strength to follow you into action.  Make us brave enough to fight the good fight.  Help us to persevere to the end.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

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