1 Timothy 1:18-2:8
When I began my work at the home office of Inland Container Corporation, the young woman I was replacing had lists upon lists of what was entailed in the job. The job description they shared with me at the interview seemed so much simpler than what she was explaining to me.
My predecessor was passing on the tasks she had fine tuned over the previous eight years. The list was overwhelming because it contained the original pattern she had worked out to move through each calculation. Most of the job entailed working out the figures for employees who were nearing retirement. The company had salaried and hourly workers, all across the U.S. and some of those workers were also part of a union. Each state and each circumstance needed to be handled pretty uniquely. While there was a computer software to calculate the figures on the multiple page form we provided, particular adjustments needed to be made to the calculations to get the numbers to add up correctly.
When the young woman said her goodbyes and good luck, I was overwhelmed with fear because I wasn’t sure if I understood all of the little twists and turns I would need to take to arrive at the correct answer.
My boss picked up on my fear and reassured me that she would help me through each piece. That was a bit reassuring, but I shared my concern about all of the special instances (almost every case) that would need my attention. She assured me that I would be fine. She then added that when the previous employee had completed the retirement calculations on an individual, my boss would, more often than not, make changes and then run a clean copy through in its corrected state before it was mailed out to the soon to be retiree. Geeez.
18 I’m passing this work on to you, my son Timothy. The prophetic word that was directed to you prepared us for this. All those prayers are coming together now so you will do this well, fearless in your struggle, 19 keeping a firm grip on your faith and on yourself. After all, this is a fight we’re in.
There are some, you know, who by relaxing their grip and thinking anything goes have made a thorough mess of their faith. 20 Hymenaeus and Alexander are two of them. I let them wander off to Satan to be taught a lesson or two about not blaspheming.
2:1 The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. 2 Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. 3 This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.
4 He wants not only us but everyone saved, you know, everyone to get to know the truth we’ve learned: 5 that there’s one God and only one, and one Priest-Mediator between God and us—Jesus, 6 who offered himself in exchange for everyone held captive by sin, to set them all free. Eventually the news is going to get out. 7 This and this only has been my appointed work: getting this news to those who have never heard of God, and explaining how it works by simple faith and plain truth.
8 Since prayer is at the bottom of all this, what I want mostly is for men to pray—not shaking angry fists at enemies but raising holy hands to God.
What Paul is telling Timothy what he is to do. He tells him that there are false teachers and that he needs to tell the truth. He wanted to make sure that the leaders in the church realized that it was their job to warn the people of the church that there are false teachers and to teach the people about truth. Right out of the chute, Paul establishes who he is and what he was sent to do.
Do you believe God calls each person to accomplish something in life? How do people figure out what they are to do in life? What is the best job you have held in your life? What made it a great job for you? What advice would you give young people as they explore their own call in life? Do you feel you have a special assignment here on earth? Have a day!
In Conversation with a child today: Ask a child to tell you what their parent hopes they will do in life
Prayers for our soldiers and others fighting for our country: Nick Steele, Sgt. Zach Fessler, Peter Davidson
Remember in Prayer: Shirley, Ann, Natalie, Earl, Heidi, Linda M., Linda B., Karsten & family, Dan, Sharon, Michael, Rick, Donna, Marc, Vivian, Tim, Jean, Frank, Luke, and for all those in need of God’s healing.
And those experiencing loss – family & friends of: Rachel, Corrine, Susan, Louise, Jette, Kristen, Eva, Jane, Jim, Martha, Joyce, Jim & Linda, Sue, Ward, Amy, Jim, Clayton, Moe
Prayer: O God, we come before you this day in thanks. Thank you for calling each of us into your work. Thank you for leading us to the call you place upon our heart to accomplish. May we use this day to take your good news to others. Amen
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