1 Timothy 2 Devotion Sharing

Submitted by Frances Kim, Gracepoint Berkeley

1 Timothy 2:1-6

1I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone2for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6who gave himself as a ransom for all men—the testimony given in its proper time.

What is a fundamental aspect of the gospel that I can gather from these verses? The key words and concepts that are repeated are: “for everyone,” “all men,” and “for all men.” Apostle Paul says that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving should be made for everyone. God our Savior wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. Christ Jesus gave himself as a ransom for all men. It is clear that the gospel is inclusive of all people. It embraces and includes everyone.

The commentary states that “the gospel includes high and low…good and bad…embraces Christian and non-Christian…” A person can be a king and in authority or the lowest of ranks such as a slave, a person can be the most morally upright and law-abiding or the worst of criminals, or a person can be in the faith or a non-believer…the gospel encompasses ALL people.

How then should I view and interact with all people that I encounter? This means that everyone needs the gospel. This means that all men need to hear the gospel. I need to see that no matter a person’s position or status (whether it’s my boss or the janitor that cleans up after everyone’s mess), a rich person or a poor person, a kind and polite co-worker who seems to have everything together or an old friend whose life is pretty messed up, my non-Christian family members or my brothers and sisters within this church – all these individuals need the gospel. The gospel in no way distinguishes people when it comes to our need to be saved, and our need to know and experience the love of Christ. This then means that I need to engage in the work of sharing the gospel. I am called to embody the gospel through my life (my words, actions, choices, everything) and to be in the role of guiding people to Jesus. Anywhere and everywhere I am – I need to embrace this calling and this role with every and any individual I encounter.

How does this challenge me to stretch my prayer concerns? Sometimes my sphere of concern is so limited to the people right in front of me. As I have been taking praying over the GPL more seriously, I am learning to pray prayers of intercession, requests, and thanksgiving for many different people, the church plants, and concerns. I am interceding for the spiritual and physical needs of a variety of people – people I know and have relationship with all the way to individuals I have never met. I ask God for His provision with job needs for our members, healing for health concerns of our brothers and sisters and their family members, specific needs at various churches and campuses. I praise and thank God for what He is doing – the outcome of a certain retreat or event, provision of jobs, people who are coming out, salvation decisions, and more. My prayer concerns need to continue to grow as there is so much to intercede for and so many requests. I also need a heightened sense of urgency as there is a whole world out there where people need to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth.

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