Instructions for a Servant
Paul gives solid, practical advice to his protégé, Timothy. It’s guidance we all need if we would serve the Lord faithfully. In my reflections on this passage in Cover to Cover, I commented on three general principles: preach the gospel, practice what you preach, and hope in God. I need frequent reminders of these instructions. How about you?
If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed. Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.1 Timothy 4:6-10
For more reflections on this passage, see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days.
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