This week started our dive into the Timothy Files. It will take a few weeks (or months), but we're on a journey through 1 & 2 Timothy. I was recently intrigued by these two books that are neatly tucked away in the New Testament. In fact I was in a discussion group with Floyd McClung and a few others that went through the book of 2 Timothy. It's in these two books that we find some great practical wisdom and the same inspiration that a young pastor named Timothy found. And of course who better than Paul, Timothy's mentor, to pen the words...so here goes.
Ever been driving on your way to do something and you end up at the house and then realize you never accomplished your mission? Maybe you got busy on the mobile phone with a friend or you were thinking of all the weeds that needed to pulled in the front yard; but the fact remains...you were distracted. You lost your focus. It happens to all of us. Sometimes the pettiest things that distract us and cause us to lose our focus. And when it comes to our faith Paul wanted to make sure Timothy and those he was going to lead understood how crucial focus is. Take a look at 1 Timothy 1. Focus in on verses 5-6, 14-16, and 19. Paul was challenging Timothy to not allow the false teachers that had crept their way into the church to take people's focus off of what was central to their faith. Verse 14-16 sum up what that main thing is. It's what we all need to remember...we were the "worst of sinners" but God's grace has saved us! People were so busy fighting over if Jesus really was the Messiah, if the law did or did not need to be followed letter by letter, or if they really would resurrect from the dead. However, they were all forgetting the central idea of their faith...Jesus! Don't we do the same sometimes. It's so easy to get caught up in false doctrines, screwy teachings, or just plain questioning our faith that we miss what Jesus has done in our lives. Paul encourages us all to have a pure heart, a clear conscience, and a genuine faith. Our focus must stay on Jesus. For example, if we spend time focusing on the idea that God may not exist then we will eventually prove he doesn't. But if we focus on Jesus and let him remind us that he does exist, we'll never be able to prove him differently! So take a moment this week and focus...on what matters most in your faith.
Family Challenge: Take a moment and talk about the things that keep you from focusing on what Christ has done in your lives. Write them down and then spend time together as a family praying for each other to focus on what Christ has done in your lives.
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