Body of Christ
1 Timothy chapter 1
Paul is writing to his spiritual Son, it’s a personal message not one to a church. He’s given Timothy a Mission and just left him to lead the church in Ephesus. He’s not saying this will be easy but that this will be hard, they are teaching false doctrines. We can fall into this same trap of arguing about the tiny details, when what matters are the big things; understanding the true heart of God. But so often we don’t get around to the big things. It’s your responsibility to bring the focus of the church back to Love. To love God and Love one another.
“The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.”
1 Timothy 1:5 NIV
Paul has put Timothy there to share sound teaching to turn the church from their sins and come back to the true heart of following God. Timothy, a young man, had to go in with zero experience and preach to these older people. He had every right to feel nervous I imagine he was terrified. Our identity is in Christ, we are part of a royal priesthood therefore we are all priests. We are sons of God. Be the light in the darkness. This shining example so others look at us and want to be part of the church. You are supposed to make a difference in your workplace. Not just get by! When Pastor Hyunsu took over he didn’t have the experience of leading such a large group, but God does that. He just throws you in and says; do it!
First he gives the charge to Timothy for all the things he has to do, then in verse 12 thanks God for the strength he gives. Paul recognises how much grace he’s received to go from killing christians to leading the church. He says that he’s the worst of all sinners.
You know we all have times when we think we are the worst of all sinners. Like in Beijing he got in an altercation with a man in ikea. Or going from a previous life of parting to preaching.
Paul says; I do the very thing that I hate again and again.
Once Pastor Hyunsu had a big fight and got angry with his Wife. On a Monday, just after preaching. There’s an expectation that you should be the holiest when you’re a pastor.
“But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.”
1 Timothy 1:16 NIV
We have all these excuses, but Paul says no matter how bad you were, I was worse than you! This is the best way to counsel people. Whatever your sin, it does not disqualify you from God coming into your life and using you. But critically Paul isn’t saying I will continue sinning, but to turn from that way and strive for God. Then he will give me strength.
If you think you’re not good enough that’s just not true!
There’s an anointing on this house, a burning coal on our lips to speak truth. To be a light in the darkness. We need to take this incredible calling seriously. You’re a royal priesthood to speak against sin and evil. To bring the amazing Hope only found in Jesus Christ.
When we confess we are the worst Jesus gives us strength.