Devotional by Wes McGarry
1 Timothy 4:13-16
Paul writes an encouraging letter to Timothy that provides instructions as to what the church that he is a part of should be doing. Timothy was facing difficulties which would seem to stem from his young age. What Paul tells Timothy to do is instead to prove them wrong. Set an example by his actions as to what the Christian life should look like. This is what Timothy, personally, is instructed to do. On top of that, Paul also gives instructions for the whole church in verse 13 which says Until I come, give your attention to public reading, exhortation, and teaching. Don’t neglect the gift that is in you; it was given to you through prophecy, with the laying on of hands by the council of elders. Practice these things; be committed to them, so that your progress may be evident to all. Pay close attention to your life and your teaching; persevere in these things, for in doing this you will save both yourself and your hearers. Paul list several aspects of what the church should be doing while it waits for Paul. Church is not canceled, nor has it ever been canceled it is just waiting. The real question is this: what is the church doing while it waits? I hope and pray the church heeds the words of Paul and his instruction.