Man of God (Part 4)
Man of God – Part 4 (1 Timothy 6:11-14)
“In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,” (1 Timothy 6:13-14)
A question for you to ponder. What are you faithful to? Many would say your wife or your family. Others might say their work. Some might say their bank account. Being in Nebraska, many would say the Cornhuskers. But, this question, “What are you faithful to?” is not a question we should take lightly, because a Man of God is known by what he is faithful to.
In the above passage, we read that Timothy is exhorted to keep this command. But, the command that Timothy and we, as men of God, are charged to keep is ambiguous and has been variously understood. , I believe there are two thoughts that stand out regarding this command that we are to be faithful to. First, is the command to persevere in our faith. Second, is to be faithful to the Word of God. You see, without being faithful to the Word of God, we will not be able to persevere in our faith.
To help Timothy and us as men of God be faithful to the command, Paul calls on two supreme persons to help hold us accountable. The first is God, in whose presence the man of God lives and who has the power to sustain us as we persevere in our faith. Second is Christ Jesus, who is the supreme example of the One who was faithful to the Word of God no matter what the cost.
Finally, we are to be faithful to this command without spot, which speaks to the character expected of a man of God, and without blame; meaning that we are not to give others the opportunity to lay blame upon us that contradicts the way a man of God is to live his life. In short, the man of God is to be faithful and persevere in his faith until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ.
This Week’s Challenge: Honestly answer the question: 'What are you faithful to?" Is it persevering in your faith and being faithful to the Word of God? For me, the answer to that question is too often “no”. That is why I need other men in my life to challenge me and hold me accountable to be faithful to the Word of God.
Who do you have in your life that you are accountable to?