Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
The Cleansing of the Church
2 Timothy 3: 14-17
“But as for you, continue in what you have learned…” (14a)
Paul wrote two letters to Timothy, a young Church leader to encourage him to stay in the work of God. Paul was alone in prison when he wrote these letters with an intention to pass the torch of Gospel to new generation of church leaders. At one point, he had little fear that due to the influence of false teachers and pressure in the growing church, Timothy could have easily abandoned his faith. Even though the letters are addressed to Timothy, the contents and instructions are applicable to all Christians everywhere.
We are living in a society where there are so many tempting situations. Trials and temptations are part of Christian life, given to them with a view to make the life much brighter. People in schools, workstations, and worship places are all under different types and levels of pressures and easily get disoriented, pretty soon. However, we should believe that the God of fathers and mothers is still alive to lead us out of darkness, if we trust in Him. We may have to face difficult situations very often but do not get rid of the faith. Paul is instructing Timothy to look to the past and hold to the basic teachings and life of Jesus Christ, which will lead to eternal life.
Timothy learned the truth of God from his mother and his grandmother at a very young age. We must not allow the society to distort God’s eternal truth. We learned Christian values and principles from our parents and we have the great responsibility to discipline and teach our children to grow in Christian faith. If we spend some time everyday reflecting on the Christian faith found in God’s word, we will grow in righteousness. Even though the Bible is written by different persons, it is not a human work. The Holy Spirit revealed the messages of God to the world through different writers, at different times. Therefore, the Bible is God – breathed, and we must read, understand and apply the values in our lives. Knowledge of God is not useful unless it strengthens our faith and leads us to good. It is our safeguard against false teachings and our source of guidance for how we should lead a successful Christian life. We study the bible not to increase our knowledge, but to know His will and to know how to do His work fruitfully. So that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work that may lead to righteousness. Let us concentrate in the word of God and try to lead a life useful to God and fellow beings.
Prayer: God, give us the strength to follow your will through the power of your word. Amen.
Alex George, NJMTC, Randolph