Material possessions are not wrong in themselves. Our problem comes with our attitudes and desires. What reasons does Paul give for the stupidity of loving money? Look at the guidelines given for those with possessions. How will you practice them?
Find some good pointers on cultivating relationships in today’s reading. Who will you apply them to?
Paul gives much good advice to young Timothy. What might apply to your life? Bring some of his suggestions up to date –what groups today have taboos on Christian marriage and foods? (Think of groups opposed to Christian marriage and those who are obsessive about particular foods.)
“Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness;”
We see what these
irreverent, silly myths are in Paul’s previous words. A devotion to deceitful
spirits and teachings of demons … Who forbid marriage and require abstinence
from foods that God created.
Those are two very
different-seeming ideas that Paul pulls together. The spiritual realities mixed
with ideologies we deal with in our day to day lives in this world.
How do we train
ourselves for godliness?
Keep a close watch
on ourselves and our teaching, always measuring what we are thinking and what
others are telling us against the scriptures (as the Bereans did), setting an
example in speech and conduct.
Godliness is of
value in EVERY WAY!
* Father God,
Thank You that we can set our hope in You, a sure and
steady hope on the rock on ages.
Please help us to practice our godliness, pursuing
holiness, seeking Jesus.