In my devotional readings, I am always amazed at things that stand out new as I journey in my walk with Him. Today, as I read 1 Timothy, it occurred to me that I always look at God’s Word as my little handbook, my tool to help stay on track, my own personal trainer in all that is right and good. I need to expand that view, according to Timothy, as I become aware of this Treasure that He entrusted to me, the beautiful Gospel Truth.
The Gospel should be my mission. Paul was totally committed to serving the Gospel to others. He was commisioned by Christ, as are we. Paul believed his whole purpose was for the service of the gospel, when he spoke that he knew “the glorious gospel of the blessed God was committed to my trust” (1 Timothy 1:11). It didn’t make him stop even when he had to suffer many persecutions. He realized that he was not sent to please man but to please God. I certainly am no Paul, but my mission is the same, according to 1 Thessalonians 2:4 “We have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel… not as pleasing men, but God. ”
When it comes right down to it, we’re what God has to work with. He must be frustrated to no end with me, not understanding this and not working in partnership with Him more than I do. I get all bogged down in my own issues and don’t seem to have a lot to offer others.
Help us, Lord to realize that even though we may not be Paul, we certainly are called to that same purpose, to spread the Gospel Truth. Help me to be more about others than myself and to offer myself to Your service. Amen.