Saturday, May 23, 2009

Three nuggets from I Timothy 4, part 2

First things first - read I Timothy chapter 4 (click  here) and if you haven't done so, read my previous post (part 1).  Now, on to the second nugget...and remember, these are just things that God impresses on my heart as I read...(and by the way, the picture has absolutely nothing to do with this post...it's just a cool picture I took).

The 2nd nugget that jumped off the page at me is this secion; "stay clear of silly stories that get dressed up as religion.  Exercise daily in God - no spiritual flabbiness, please...a disiplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever."  This passage is so straightforward, it really doesn't need me to explain or write anything further...it's that clear.  However, I will share what hit me...

First, stay clear of silly stories...it seems that right now, there are multiple places where I'm hearing some version of "major on the majors, minor on the minors."  As a pastor, and a worship pastor noless, I am constantly hearing "ideas" [read "complaints"] about how we could or should be doing things.  Too light, too dark, too many trees on stage, not enough trees on stage, too many hymns, not enough hymns - that it's easy for me to get pulled away from the things that are truly important; namely, helping people grow spiritually into being disciples of Christ.  This exhortation about avoiding and staying clear of silly stories is a reminder for all of us; focus on the things that matter in life, the things that last.

Which leads right into the 2nd part of this section - to exercise daily in God w/a disciplined life.  Elsewhere in the NT, Paul refers to the Christian life as a race, a race we should run to win.  In order to win a race, you need to train, and to discipline your life in a way for that training to be a regular staple...which brings us right back to I Tim 4; no spiritual flabbiness!  I confess, I am not the most disiplined person and this is something I have to work at...but the more I do discipline myself to "exercise daily in God," the more I see myself be the person God designed me to be...a disciple.

The challenges are two-fold for us; first, avoid silly arguments and don't allow others to bring you into them...they're a waste of time...major on the majors, and minor on the minors.  Second, discipline your life to be exercising daily in God.

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