1 Timothy 6:11-21
Paul concludes his letter to Timothy by encouraging Him to keep fighting for the faith that has been given to him. Since the beginning of this letter, there was much debate against those who were causing people to walk away from the truth of the Gospel to seek false knowledge and Timothy as a young pastor was in the midst of all this.
When it comes to our faith, we will be tempted to dilute the Gospel to be relevant? What does that mean? It does not mean that we don’t stick to old ways and refusing to adjust to the culture and society we live in because we are called to live the missions model that Jesus portrayed through incarnation. We are instead called to follow Jesus who incarnated or became a man within the culture but brought in the process the Kingdom culture.
So how do we keep the faith that have been planted into us?
Paul lays it out for today as he charges Timothy to pursue these things
“Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”
When we received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we have fundamentally told ourselves that we choose to represent the LORD we have confessed as our own. Therefore we are to pursue the characteristics of Christ in our lives as reflectors of His goodness.
A particular way we can be reflectors of His goodness is when we choose to have the heart of generosity and compassion that God has.
“As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share..”
Paul is not saying that having money or being wealth is a bad thing but addresses the real issue of the heart and use of wealth. He tells Timothy to instruct people of wealth to not put their hope on it because it comes and goes in our lives and serves as a poor foundation for hope. Instead he tells them to put their hope in God who is not only unshakable but in His nature is a rich provider.
God is a provider and provides good things for us to enjoy and it is a false view of God that all he cares about is our devotion when in reality He is the good Father that not only asks us to be devoted to Him but to know Him as the loving provider that He is for when we rest in Him we also glorify Him as our actions of trust declare His good traits.
Therefore as we are part of His family, he asks us to adopt the family posture of being rich in good works through the action of being generous and always ready to share with the people around us. This is more than about having money but having the heart to share whatever blessing, both material and immaterial, to the people around us as the blessed become a blessing.
That is what the Gospel of faith that has been deposited into us does, it changes our nature to conform to that of Gods and thus we see that as God is good, His people become good and reflect that by doing good.
Holding onto the Gospel by living in it, teaching it, proclaiming it, and knowing above all else God who is in it.