1 Timothy 1-3 : Abbey Kriegel
Hey fellow Obterns! I know this is a tad late! I did my blog last year at BigStuf and thought I could accomplish it again because I didn’t have to lead but I just got too busy with helping Tracy and such and totally forgot to do the blog. Okay…there’s my explaining as if I needed to do that. So I love 1 and 2 Timothy–they are stinkin’ great!
1 Timothy 1–
I love 1 Timothy 1:12 –“I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who have given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service.” God used Paul despite Paul’s past and God uses us too.
But so often, I get blinded that I used to be so caught in sin, not being the woman I strive to be, or comparing myself to anything around me. Which ultimately steals my joy. I often think that I’ve done “too much” wrong that I can’t be “good enough”. This reminds me about Jon Acuff’s message during the second session of BigStuf about who we put in the lead of our story. When it’s not God, then it’s us trying to be the “enough” part. So we chase the sense of being enough and we never accomplish it. We aren’t supposed to accomplish it. Jesus is our enough.
And then we look at people like Paul and we actually connect to him. We connect to some of the major things that He did or the person He is. And like Paul-we should be thanking Jesus–that He showed us grace, gave us mercy, and pour those out abundantly. He took our place, once and for all. And here comes the beauty of this scripture (1 Timothy 1:15-17) Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen. — And so trustworthy are those sentences!
1 Timothy 2–
In 1 Timothy 2 tells us about instructions on worship — our everyday living. Our goal should be to have a right relationship with God and others. It also talks about men and how they should “lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or dispute” and also talks about women “to dress modestly with decency and appropriateness (courtesy).” This was a good reminder for me to read on how I should be dressing and ultimately desiring to dress to respect brothers in Christ. The study notes talk about how it’s not a bad thing to want to look good ladies, however, to what degree should women take this advice. Paul reminds us that we should not be drawing attention to ourselves through this.
Ladies-remember that beauty begins on the inside. Ready for these study notes, too good! “A gentle, modest, loving character, gives a light to the face that cannot be duplicated by even the best cosmetics.” I mean that is so true. And I think as women it is so hard to not have insecurities and not want to try to be the most attractive, especially when the media and our world scream at us on how we are supposed to look. But, when we are keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus and becoming how and who He wants us to be — a confident woman in Jesus — then that character does give light and it can’t be duplicated. That was a good read and reminder for me!
1 Timothy 3–
1 Timothy 3 ends with beautiful scripture. “Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great:
He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit, (This shows the spirit’s power — His resurrection) was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.”
Such a mystery is true. But a beautiful mystery to be apart of. “As a man, Jesus lived a perfect life, and so He is a perfect example of how to live. As God, Jesus gives us power to do what is right.”
Thanks for reading y’all! Again, sorry it’s a tad late!