1 Timothy 4
6 If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed. 7 But reject profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness.
Paul had given Timothy quite a bit of instruction. As we read the letters to Timothy we find Paul, led by the Holy Spirit, teaching Timothy to be an effective minister of Jesus Christ. In one sense, we are all ministers of Christ. The word for minister is the word we get our English word ‘deacon’ from, which simply means ‘servant.’ So yes, we are all servants, ministers of Jesus Christ.
What I want to notice today, as a continuing thought from yesterday, is that Paul wanted Timothy to be faithful to the word of God. Notice these instructions: “nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine.” The words of faith and the good doctrine are nothing less than the written word of God. Isaiah gave the people the very word of God. Paul gave Timothy the very word of God and then told him to be nourished in it and to practice its good doctrine.
My friends, stay close to the Word of God. It keeps us from mistakes and from errors and from sin. When error creeps into our lives we have the word of God to enable us to reject the “old wives’ fables.” False teaching abounded in Paul’s day and abounds today. Stay close to the word of God to avoid it. In fact, Paul told Timothy, and us, to exercise ourselves toward godliness according to the word of God.
Stay close to God’s word. Exercise yourself in it. Trust it. Submit to it. It is indeed the very words of God for us all.
This Sunday evening, Pray Naperville is sponsoring a night of prayer and praise. It is being hosted by the Trinity Church of the Nazarene in Naperville. The program starts at 6:00 and will be two hours of music, testimony and prayer. All Christians will be blessed by this night or prayer and praise. Join us.
Have a great day in the Lord,