1 Timothy 6: Practice the Principles of the Gospel

by Bob Young
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Today's Bible Reading: 1 Timothy 6

Selected Biblical Text
But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which God will bring about in his own time -- God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen. Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. (1 Timothy 6:11-16,20 NIV)

Reflecting and Thinking
The last chapter of 1 Timothy includes various instructions. One way to summarize the chapter is to note the focus on the importance of practicing the principles of the Christian faith. Godliness has its own reward, a reward greater than any other. The controversies, conflicts, and treasures of the world are temporary at best. The sure foundation points to what is yet to come, and ultimately leads to life that is truly life.

How would you describe "life that is truly life?" What is the connection between controversies, worldly ideas, and getting caught up in things that are opposed to Christianity? Consider the phrase that says God provides us everything for our enjoyment. How does this help you toward an integrated view of Christianity, living in this world but focused on a world yet to come?

Heavenly Father, help me establish right priorities today and to focus on the things that really matter. Help me experience life that is truly life. Help me not to be drawn away from you by the siren songs of the world. Thank you for who you are -- blessed and only Ruler, King of kings and Lord of lords, immortal, living in unapproachable light, the one whom no one has seen or can see. My prayer is that you might have all honor and might forever and ever, in the name of Jesus, Amen.

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