1 Timothy 1:12-20
And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;
Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.
And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.
Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare;
Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:
Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.
Can you and I be guaranteed to fulfill the purpose God has for our lives? Is there a way to know for sure that we will not ruin our lives or fail to accomplish what God has for us? The answer is yes according to today’s reading. In verse eighteen, Paul gave Timothy two instructions that would enable him to fulfill God’s purpose for his life. First, Timothy had to hold on to faith. That is, he needed to remain loyal and committed to the revealed truth of God found in the Scriptures. Unlike those who had fallen away, Timothy was instructed to remain devoted to the Scriptures. He had to study the Scriptures, guard them, defend them and know them well. Second, if Timothy was going to stay the course, he had to hold on to a good conscience. That was only possible if he lived a pure life. If he allowed sin to enter his heart, he would fall away and fail to fulfill God’s call on his life. Though it is by no means easy, staying true in our walks with God is simple. We too must stay true to the Scriptures. We must know them, obey them and share them. We must maintain a good conscience. We can not tolerate any sin in our lives. Are you committed to these?
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?