Reflections: 1 Timothy 1:3-4

The Right Focus

1 Timothy 1:3-4 (ESV)
As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith.

Did you ever have one of those days where it seems that you were very busy but at the end of it you just can’t seem to put a finger on what you accomplished? A lot of movement but not a lot of productivity? This often happens because we put our focus on the wrong things. It is like the illustration of the jug that is to be filled to the brim with different materials: large rocks, pebbles and sand. If the sand is put in first there is no room for the rocks or pebbles. But, if the rocks are placed in first, then the pebbles dribbled in and finally the sand drizzled into the remaining cracks the jug becomes full to the brim and all the materials used up. In our focus verse today, Paul reminds his young charge, Timothy, about the importance of staying focused on the right things.

In the life of the Christian there are many things that are pulling for our attention that seem to be very important, cares and worries for each day, the endless drama of relationships and the tiresome dance of social niceties. All these things take the focus off of what really matters: operating our lives within God’s plan, which comes from faith. Well, you might ask, how do I operate my life within God’s plan? Good question. I am glad you asked.

First, we must actually be doing something in our lives. Our faith is not one of idleness but of action. Sure there are times in the Bible of waiting on God but that is the exception and not the rule. The standing order is to GO! This week my desire for you is that you would go out and profess Christ to someone new or strike up an old conversation. You don’t have to be pushy or rude, simply speak as one who is convinced of the rightness of your belief and trust (have faith!) that God will fill in the blanks through the power of His Holy Spirit! Keep the focus, keep the faith.

Prayer: Father, thank you for giving me the gift of your Holy Word, that I might speak it out into the world. Lord, please keep me focused on what matters most and hold me back from chasing after the wind, those things that have no value. Let me fix my eyes on You. Amen!