“For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.”
This summer I turned 50. So…I’ve been having my quiet times in 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy and Titus to see what the Word has to say to me about the latter stages of my life. It has been amazing to see again how clear, simple and profound God’s Word is…on every topic including this one.
In looking at 1 Timothy 4 recently, I was struck by Paul’s simple discipling philosophy. He is warning Timothy about those who will make the discipling of others more difficult and even depart from the faith. The challenges he lays out for that time we would characterize as legalism today. Some were saying, “that thing causes you problems so avoid it / stop it”. They were not getting down to the heart of the issue. To respond by saying “you are saved, it doesn’t matter, do whatever you want” (licentiousness) is likewise not Paul’s approach.
In verses 4-5, Paul lays out a clear, simple and profound strategy:
“For EVERYTHING created by God is good…for it is made holy by the Word of God and prayer.”
How are things made holy? They are made holy as I use them, experience them, etc. in alignment with God’s Word and do so with an attitude of prayer. Am I constantly asking the question about EVERYTHING, “what does the Word have to say about this?” Am I constantly surrendering myself and these created things to God in prayer (not my will but Your will)? Paul is laying out a simple but very profound truth about what my day-to-day spiritual life should look like.
Take a moment to reflect and pray about the EVERYTHING that you want Him to make holy today through His Word and prayer – your time on campus, your preparation time, your marriage, your relationships, your family, your finances, your leisure, your computer, your leadership, your rest, your support-raising, your diet, your team, etc. etc. How can you help those you are discipling grow in this simple and profound transformation this week?
-Kent Bailey (Global Servant Team)
Pray for CO Minneapolis:
- God to raise up more staff in our region toward being in a position to expand internationally