Knowing Our Place–and His

29. December 2011 1 Timothy 0

Text: 1 Timothy 1:1-2
Theme: The first thing to know is who we are and who God is.
Key verses: “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope, To Timothy my true son in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.”
What God said to me: Dwayne, notice how Paul began this letter of 1 Timothy. He started it with his name. It wasn’t because he thought so highly of his own name, but because that was the standard way to begin a letter to someone. But what I want you to see is how Paul so confidently expressed who he was. He knew beyond any doubts that he was my apostle by my command. And he knew his relationship with Timothy. He didn’t waver on his responsibility that comes with having a “true son in the faith.” What’s most important is how Paul so clearly knew me and my role in his life and relationships and ministry. He set the tone right up front that I am God, Savior, Christ Jesus, hope, Father and Lord. This was much more than some common, mindless greeting. Paul carefully set the standard for all he would share with Timothy. Know your place, Dwayne. Know your mentorees and clearly state your role and theirs when you teach them. But always, always state for the record and never forget that I am your God, your Savior, your Lord, and your hope. Know your place. I have called you and love you dearly. Now go and make disciples.
What I said to God: Heavenly Lord and Father, I praise You for speaking to me. I adore You for your majesty and glory and for the Word You have given to us. Your written Word guides me and confronts my weak areas. I know my place–it’s at the foot of Your cross and in the hollow of Your hand. Help me embrace my calling and fulfill it with all my might in 2012. By Your grace and power and wisdom, help me mentor those You are leading to us. Bless this study through Timothy. Please help me stay faithful to journaling each day.