10 August, 2004

I was reading 1st Timothy 6 this morning. It is a truly interesting book, full of instruction on how a leader should be. It was written, I think, more for the church setting, but has a lot of impact for others too. The verses below (11-19) really stuck out to me.

But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which God will bring about in his own time--God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.

When I read the last paragraph I was reminded of in Matthew when Jesus talks about the birds of the air and the flowers of the field and how God provides for them, so will He provide for me... We are called to live a simple life, free from worry or material desire... It is a decision to live each day for the eternal over the temporal. It's not easy, it's a daily struggle, indeed a momentary one, that God calls us to... I want to live a simple life, with the love of God in everything I do, but all I see are the struggles, and failures that keep me from revealing Christ. But, I have come too realize that perhaps in our struggling we show Christ because we are dependent on Him to do anything...

Who will you serve today?

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