Apr 25 - Apr 29
We’ve been focusing on hearing God when he speaks to us, but the truth is sometimes we will be used by God to speak to other people. They need to hear God’s ways and we are the conduit through which he communicates. Keep that in mind as we read through the last bit of 1 Timothy.
Monday—Read: 1 Timothy 6:11-13 Think: The writer here points us to Jesus’ making a good confession before Pilate. What kind of example is that for us? Pray: For courage to make the good confession of faith before those who need to hear it.
Tuesday—Read: 1 Timothy 6:14-16 Think: An important part of our spiritual lives is making sure the cause of Christ does not suffer ‘reproach’. What kind of activities might cause the name of Jesus to be maligned. Pray: Ask the Lord to show you the areas of your life where you are vulnerable to communicating negatively about Jesus rather than magnifying him.
Wednesday—Read: 1 Timothy 6:17 Think: Rich certainly means wealth in terms of money, but consider the possibility of a religious wealth where people become ‘haughty’ and arrogant. How can that hinder the ability of people to hear God’s call? Pray: For five people who you want to hear from God.
Thursday—Read: 1 Timothy 6:18-19 Think: How can generosity be a way people hear the voice of God? Where are you most generous? Where are you a little bit stingy in your life? Pray: Give thanks to the Lord for his generosity toward you.
Friday–Read: 1 Timothy 6:20-21 Think: The ‘deposit’ is likely a reference to doctrinal teachings. Which doctrinal teachings do you guard most closely? Which are you a little more relaxed about? Is this good or bad? Pray: Meditate on the deposit which others have invested in you, and consider whose life you are making deposits into?