Scripture reading for December 6th: 1st Timothy 1-3
Timothy was a young pastor who was mentored by Paul. Paul wrote to encourage him and instruct him in basic pastoral leadership. Here are some powerful verses from this personal letter to a young preacher.
“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display His unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on Him and receive eternal life. Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Timothy 1:15-17
Paul reminded Timothy about the purpose of Christ’s ministry here on earth. He came to seek and save sinners! And even preachers are sinners–some of the worst! For God’s grace we must always be thankful and humbly serve by example those who God gives us to minister to. We are to do all for the glory and honor of our King! Worship must be foundational for our ministry!
” I urge then, first of all that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone–for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men–the testimony given in its proper time.” 1 Timothy 2:1-5
Prayer is of first importance in pastoral ministry. God is pleased when we come to Him with everything in a spirit of thanksgiving. No one can be saved without it and Jesus Christ is the only mediator for all men!
“Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body; was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.” 1st Timothy 3:16
The mystery of godliness is revealed through through Christ’s incarnation, sacrificial death, and resurrection from the dead! God has commanded that His Gospel be preached among the nations so all might believe! To Him be glory forever! Amen!