Devotions for August 1, 2014

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1 Timothy 4:6-16

6 If you explain these things to the brothers and sisters, Timothy, you will be a worthy servant of Christ Jesus, one who is nourished by the message of faith and the good teaching you have followed. 7 Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives’ tales. Instead, train yourself to be godly. 8 “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” 9 This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it. 10 This is why we work hard and continue to struggle, for our hope is in the living God, who is the Savior of all people and particularly of all believers.

11 Teach these things and insist that everyone learn them. 12 Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity. 13 Until I get there, focus on reading the Scriptures to the church, encouraging the believers, and teaching them.

14 Do not neglect the spiritual gift you received through the prophecy spoken over you when the elders of the church laid their hands on you. 15 Give your complete attention to these matters. Throw yourself into your tasks so that everyone will see your progress. 16 Keep a close watch on how you live and on your teaching. Stay true to what is right for the sake of your own salvation and the salvation of those who hear you.

DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS

Q: Timothy was told to train for godliness and then teach those things and insist that everyone learn them. Isn’t that discipleship? Can your calling be as easy as learn, obey, and teach others to do the same? Can your calling be something bigger, in addition to discipleship? Have you asked God? How can you know your calling, unless you ask?

Q:his week you have read about God’s calling of Moses, David, Jeremiah, and today, Timothy. How do these stories relate to how God might be calling you? What are things that God might be asking you to answer to? Did you or will you respond differently than the men you read about this week? Will God use you in the same way He used them? How will you know unless you take that first step in what God has prepared for you?

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