Did you read 1 Timothy chapter one? If you did, please share in the comments what jumped out at you!
If you haven't read it yet and want to - you can click here. Here are a few of my own thoughts - did you catch these words?
vs. 3: stay there
vs. 4: promote God's work and dispel anything contrary to it
vs. 5: pure heart, good conscience, sincere faith
vs. 6: do not wander from these things to meaningless talk
vs. 7: What do I want to be? I may be unqualified for as these men were?
vs. 12, "I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength that He considered me faithful, appointing me to His service."
vs. 14: His abundant grace
vs. 16: a display of His unlimited patience; His example through me: let it shine His light to others who may believe in Him! Be a living testimony!
vs. 17: now because of His patience and example through my life - may He receive all glory and honor for ever and ever.
vs. 18-19: fight the good fight, holding on to faith and a good conscience. Don't be like some who have given these things up or "shipwrecked their faith." Consider that...what does it look like to shipwreck our faith?
vs. 20: Imagine being named as one who did this and see what He did? ACK! Hand them over to Satan to learn a lesson - oh, Father - please protect me!
It was a sweet time of fellowship with God and in His Word where I felt like He was saying to stay put in what He has called me to do, to be faithful to those things He has given me without seeking more than what He is ordaining. Be faithful. Be focused on the things He wants me to be focused on. Be a good testimony to the example of His grace and patience in my life and shine His light to others.
I want God to be in first place in my life - I want to say that He always is. But, you and I all know the truth - He isn't always in that place I know He should be in. God has been helping me during my time away to restore Him to first place - but I know that it is an ongoing challenge and discipline that I can only do in His strength.
Above all, may He be glorified!