“Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.” 1 Timothy [4:13]
Sociologists believe that contemporary America is quite possibly the most individualistic society in world history. Advertisements are all about the individual.
» “You can do anything you put your mind to.”
» “You should be happy.”
» “You do you.”
The signs are all around us and although we are wired for community, it’s easy to buy into the lie that life is about “me”.
God’s church is unapologetically the opposite. It’s actually about dying to self to find true joy. Losing your life to find true life. And Paul is encouraging Timothy in his letters to his mentee to devote himself to studying the Scriptures, not in isolation, but with other believers.
God has given us His Word to help know His heart. He has given us prayer to speak to Him and spend time with Him. He has given us the Church to walk together in discipleship, worship and evangelism as the body of Christ. He has also given us His Spirit to commune with and help empower us to live out the mission He has given to us.
When Paul is writing to Timothy, He wants to make sure Timothy understands how this all works together. He encourages public reading of Scripture, and the encouragement to live out God’s Word in the community of other believers. When the world is telling you, “just do what makes you happy”, God’s Word says it’s not about you.
God, help me to die to the things of this world and to live for You. Help me to devote my life to your Church for my good and for your glory. Amen.
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