Keep it Focused
1 Timothy 1
3 As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine,
4 Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.
When we start reading 1 Timothy, we find Paul exasperated by the Ephesians. The people at Ephesus had not heeded the letter written to them, and now Paul -fresh out of imprisonment- has to deal with the mess. He decided to leave Timothy, his trusted convert and “son in the faith” to deal with the task of cleaning up Ephesus.
Cleaning them up from what? Was it deep sin? Were they denying the deity of Jesus? No. They were distracted. Distracted by studies that at best were campfire 🔥 talk (my dad’s coined phrase) and at their worst were doctrinal heresy. Distracted by arguments that would do nothing to reach people for Christ, but would actually steal away those that should be reaching the lost. You see…
When we create our own mental “diversions” in scripture, and then try to further them, the end is an argument.
I am not writing this to scold others; rather, I am writing this to challenge myself. When we know church/God’s Word better than we know the back of our own hand; When we can predict the quoted reference after a point in a sermon (talking to the many who grew up in church); when we can guess the ending of a common sermon tale 😉; then you know it’s time to focus yourself on helping to fulfill the works of God in your area. Even pastors when they reach this point of familiarity can begin to dabble in strange beliefs or distracted purpose within their walls. You see, the world cures boredom with more creativity and innovation to further fill us up; God cures boredom by having you pour out your knowledge and ability by putting it to work; He gives us a storehouse of bread to share with those who need it.
1.) Are you more concerned with problems than the SOLUTION brought to us by the cross?
2.) Are you sitting to be tickled by technology (I’m sometimes guilty) rather than guide with the Gospel?
3.) Are you waiting to be wowed by music instead of awed by the Creator?
Well then, PERHAPS, familiarity has bred contempt in your life.
5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:
6 From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling;
We have the Word of God for its inward work, not its outward performance. If church is about performance to us I would say THAT is border-line legalism ;) —An outward appearance.
I can say I am guilty of trying to “perfect” things in my brain constantly. When I show up to church, my mind can wander to the color scheme of the screens or a typo in a bulletin (both my fault🤣) but let’s challenge ourselves not to get trapped in that mindset. That’s not why we have church. If our minds are more concerned about the things that in eternity DON’T MATTER, then let’s fix them QUICKLY.