One of the best ways to get advice is from those who have gone ahead on the path that you are yet to pursue. In my life, I have found that the advice from experienced mentors or advisors or peers have been very helpful in guiding me on the path that I intend on pursuing.
5 Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith, – 1 Timothy 1:5
Our Bible verse for today is from the letter of Paul to his spiritual son Timothy, advising him on how to go about the ministry that has been committed to him in Ephesus. In this verse, Paul highlights the three (3) reasons why he is instructing Timothy on how to serve in this ministry. These three (3) reasons I believe should also be the fundamental reasons for every calling in the life of a believer.
Pauls says to Timothy:
1. Love from a pure heart
As a child of God, the reason for everything we do should stem from the love God has for us. In all things let us first reflect on our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who gave Himself to us because of His love for us. Paul charges Timothy and today as you read this blog, the Spirit of God charges you too that let the purpose for what you have found your hand doing today be from love from a pure heart. One of my favorite scriptures in the Bible is 2nd Corinthians 5:14-15 14 For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; 15 and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. Dear one let the manifestation of the love of Christ be the purpose of all that you do to the glory of God.
2. Good Conscience
As we know, God gives us the gift of the Holy Spirit to guide, teach, help, fellowship and all that we need with God’s presence. Though we have the Holy Spirit, we also have our conscience. Our conscience is an inner feeling or voice viewed as acting as a guide to the rightness or wrongness of one’s behavior. As believers, our conscience is subject to the Holy Spirit that abides in us and so our morals and values stem from what God places in our heart. Paul stresses to Timothy to let the work he does in the ministry also stem from a good conscience. In this, he said to Timothy that be led by the Holy Spirit, let all that you do manifest the workings of the Spirit of God in your life. There are moments in our lives where we hear the promptings of our conscience so loud and clear about what we ought to do but we fail to obey. Today, let’s us repent of all our disobedience acts and start to manifest our calling from our good conscience all to God’s glory.
3. Sincere faith
Finally, Paul says to Timothy that the purpose of this commandment is sincere faith. Another word for sincere is true or honest. It is very important that as believers our conduct is in alignment with what we preach. We cannot say something from the Bible and do the contrary. The sincerity of our faith will manifest in the result of our works. Timothy as a young minister of the gospel believed without a shadow of a doubt that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Savior and this faith he had come to receive was not to be contaminated with any fables, deceits or foolish reasoning of men. Timothy had a charge to keep this faith and to pass it on to the people he will be serving. Dear one, do not allow the things of this world to waver your faith in Jesus Christ, hold on to this truth in everything that you do and let all that you do stem from this sincere faith that you have received by believing in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
I pray that you have been blessed by the three key reasons that Paul shares with Timothy for the ministry that he had been called to. Today dear one, you have also been called, let the love of God, the Guidance of Holy Spirit and Word of God be your foundation in all that you do to the glory of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Stay blessed 🙂