Actions that are LOUDER than words

September 7, 2017

1 Timothy 4:1-16

 

“Actions are louder than words.”

 

We live in the time where the internet trolls are a dime a dozen and have you noticed that the ones that have the most to say are the ones that are the least qualified to say? They are usually the ones that scour through anyone’s content to find any little thing to bash on and they are master researchers of mistakes but poor masters of  positive growth. Internet trolls love to stir up debates but in the end just drains the people that get sucked into it while nothing of substance or meaning has developed.

 

Is today’s post about not being an internet troll and the seven steps of how to love on one?

 

NO!

 

Timothy was the pastor of the church in Ephesus and he is dealing with his version of the internet trolls as there were these talkers that only caused sensational conversations that looked holy but were only empty religious gestures that can only mimic holiness. But there lies a problem for Timothy because he is a young pastor who doesn’t have the credentials yet to be a man of authority in the eyes of man but Paul encourages Timothy that God, not age, determines who shall lead.

 

So what is Timothy to do when he doesn’t have the experience or age to be his back up against these trolls?

 

“Rather train yourself for godliness, for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.”

 

  • Focus on Godliness!

    • With Godliness comes the promise of heaven’s reality now and heaven’s reality forever. It ancient times, the family you were born into usually determined the life you were going to live, which is contrary to modern times where the possibility of becoming big is probable if one meets the right people and hustles enough. If you were born into a royal house than by birth you have access to all the privileges of the royal house but there are times when the children of nobles may not act like nobles. They may have the family name but not represent the family name and we see that those who may be born into royalty may not experience the fullness of it because they didn’t train themselves to live in accordance to their name. Pursuing Godliness is the act of living out the royal name that we now have in Jesus Christ. That our relationship with God is the basis of our authority and validation. Therefore our actions can either push us to a deeper activation of God’s plans and blessings in Christ or sadly cut it short. Godliness is the key to unlocking the deeper experiences of heaven, our identity, and God Himself.

 

“Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.”

 

  • Actions and God’s calling are louder than credentials

    • I am not saying that credentials mean nothing but in situations where you don’t have it then it will be dependent upon God’s calling and our actions to fulfill that calling through seeking Godliness. Paul encourages Timothy with these words in regards to godliness: practice, immerse, persist, and watch yourself. You have to realize that it’s going to be a long process of development and it requires much work on your end to participate in what the Spirit of God is empowering in your life. When Timothy pursues Godliness in the way he talks, act, love, have faith, and purity that his actions of devotions will be the very thing that validates him as a leader within the church. Knowledge is good and is necessary but when it comes to representing God as a pastor, it will be the character that Timothy stewards that will give him the platform to lead.

 

Godliness is not age dependent for you develop into it and not wake up one day with it. Godliness as a way of reflecting God is going to be the strongest “credential” we will ever have as we seek to live for His name and build His kingdom amongst not only our own spiritual family but people of this world.

 

Therefore pursue Godliness now and not wait for tomorrow for tomorrow is the enemy of today.

 

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