1 Timothy 4 Devotion Sharing

Submitted by Michelle Sun, Gracepoint Berkeley

Growing in Godliness

v. 12  “…set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.”

v. 15-16  “Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress.  Watch your life adn doctrine closely. Persevere in them, brcuase if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.”

As Timothy is given this enormous task to be a minister to Thessalonians, Apostle Paul gives him this advice to train in godliness and to let others see his progress.  I can relate to Timothy’s fears and concerns, as leading others spiritually is not an easy task. Paul gives important advice on how to lead others, which is to lead by the example of one’s godly life. Paul’s advice to Timothy is to watch his own life closely and to grow in his own godliness. The best way that I can lead my people is through the example of my own spiritual growth, rather than trying to change them somehow.  As a church we can offer up wonderful worship service, discipleship training program, service opportunities..etc.  However, it’s God’s power displayed in my life through my submission to his word that others will be able to see the truth of the gospel actually lived out.  When they see how God’s word can powerfully change a person’s character, desire and even lifelong habits, when they see a person restrained by the Holy Spirit, when they see how a person struggles with his own sinfulness, they will desire the same and it will be  a genuine testimony of how God can change each and every one of us.  I see that if I want the people I lead to grow in Christ, I should be the one who is growing in my hunger for God, growing in my desire for holiness in my life, growing in my zeal to the gospel spread… My own personal transformation is the best way to lead others.

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