I am going to try and do a couple of verses today….let’s see how far I get.
6 All slaves should show full respect for their masters so they will not bring shame on the name of God and his teaching. 2 If the masters are believers, that is no excuse for being disrespectful. Those slaves should work all the harder because their efforts are helping other believers[a] who are well loved.
In today’s world there are so many “Christians” – some are real, some are trying, some do not know any better, some are only doing what they have been taught etc…. so when it comes to the work place (masters and slaves) or school, or even a volunteer some place these words penned by Paul are powerful. We are to work hard, study hard, do all we do with integrity and honor showing the LOVE of Jesus by our work ethics, our closed mouths, (gossip, talking negative etc) and our ability to do what we are told to do or asked to do.
If we have an employer that is a Christian it is so easy to start judging them when they are trying to do their job or run a business, when they may not do it the same way you would etc…..it’s easy to say they are not a “real Christian” or they wouldn’t have done or said this or that………. Paul says it’s NO EXCUSE to be disrespectful!! In the work place employee’s talk and usually think they can do the job better — claiming to be a Christian and yet speaking death into their employer!
I have seen the shift in my lifetime – I’ve been a slave and I’ve been an owner – the atmosphere in the work place is really very disrespectful in today’s world. It’s turned into a ME ME ME world, my rights, my rights, my rights — what I deserve etc…. Paul says WORK HARDER because it makes a difference in other believers and in other slaves.
False Teaching and True Riches
Teach these things, Timothy, and encourage everyone to obey them. 3 Some people may contradict our teaching, but these are the wholesome teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. These teachings promote a godly life. 4 Anyone who teaches something different is arrogant and lacks understanding. Such a person has an unhealthy desire to quibble over the meaning of words. This stirs up arguments ending in jealousy, division, slander, and evil suspicions. 5 These people always cause trouble. Their minds are corrupt, and they have turned their backs on the truth. To them, a show of godliness is just a way to become wealthy.
WOW — such powerful word and are truer today than ever before. Paul says point blank that the teachings of JESUS and JESUS only promote a godly life (Christlike). Yet in today’s world there are a million teachings, some a blatantly different and others are not. There is a GREAT danger of becoming legalistic in all of this and that causes an entirely new problem. So what is something different when they use the Bible?
Taking a scripture and creating a doctrine out of it, a “new” truth, a new revelation. When I was in Bible College we had an exercise on class, we were to take ONE SCRIPTURE and build a denomination upon it……… it was FUN and it was EASY. We created a religion that anyone would love and yet it was based on the Word of GOD!! Paul gives us ways to know (besides the Holy Spirit) — Anyone who teaches something different is arrogant and lacks understanding. Such a person has an unhealthy desire to quibble over the meaning of words. This stirs up arguments ending in jealousy, division, slander, and evil suspicions. 5 These people always cause trouble. Their minds are corrupt, and they have turned their backs on the truth. To them, a show of godliness is just a way to become wealthy. Ever know anyone like this? Takes our minds off the things of God and draws us into silly and useless arguments that you will never win!!
THE WORD OF GOD IS COMPLETE – are there new revelations? YES – Is the word opened up to us by the Holy Spirit and revealed to us in His Time? YES YES YES!! Always put it to the test — the test is: Prove Scripture with Scripture — with the Word. If you can’t throw it away!!! The word is COMPLETE.
I had a friend who would come up with really out there idea’s about the Word — and if I didn’t go along with his way of thinking – OMG life was horrible – he would get so offended, want to argue for weeks, challenge me on every level – and he could make it make sense with the Word………but COULD NOT PROVE IT WITH THE WORD. He fit this perfectly and I wasted a lot of time, energy and anger on this man. I do love him but whoa!!!
6 Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. 7 After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. 8 So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.
AMEN!!! Nothing to add to this — says it all.
9 But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.
Verses 9 and 10 describe me to a tee – I always wanted to have more than I did– always wanted to live beyond what I could afford. And now, I am in the years in my life when I should retire soon and I have NOTHING!!! I’ve lived a very foolish life when it comes to this area — did not plan, always thought it would fall into my lap…..spent way more than I ever had and that caused more problems —
I can’t change this – not sure what will happen if I can’t work one day but today I’m trusting God 100% – He has blessed me with a job that I can make a living and through this I will learn humility, faith, trust, and able to teach my children the importance of this attitude…..living for the Lord in EVERY AREA of your life — honor him with your money as well as with your time. AMEN!!!!