One Off: 1 Timothy 4 Recap
June 27 2017
Title: Making Disciples
By: Kimmi Poleshuk
In-between the ending the series: Head Games, and the Summer Kickoff – next Tuesday, July 4, Michael took the opportunity to dissect the language of 1 Timothy 4:11-16. Being a popular chapter to teach at Youth sermons, Michael added a fresh perspective to a verse we may or may not have known about before; linking it to an important call we have as Christians: The Great Commission (Matt. 28)
If you have not encountered 1 Timothy 4 before, in broad terms it works to tell us as Christians, more specifically as younger people in faith, that we should never let our youth be used as an excuse to not do something or let us stop us from doing something in order to advance our faith. It is common pre-misconception that there are certain things that we cannot do until we are a certain age. This is vastly based on milestones events like getting our drivers license and graduating high school – which are generally age-restricted. However, in a faith-based sense, age never matters. Rather, what matters is the amount of belief and perseverance we have in growing our faith. Like Michael points out in verse 7-10 of 1 Timothy 4, the use of athlete imagery to illustrate the relentless practice that we should be taking part of every single day in order for our faith to be effective.
Michael hit us with the realization that as Christians we love to put on the name of Jesus, and represent God with out having done the work involved. Then, when it comes to taking on the character traits of Jesus we are not so willing or prepared to do so. This illustrates the disconnection of our actions from our words, which is found in people of all ages in faith.
Verse 12 shows us 5 areas where we can change in our character, following the example of Jesus in:
These constitute for everything that we are and everything that we are called to do. Often as Christians we acknowledge these virtues saying to ourselves “I know I should be acting this way, but I am doing this…”. This can come across in dramatic and non-dramatic ways, but each with equal weight. The more we take on these characteristics, the more we become like an image of Jesus.
In summarization, Michael points out that there is not only a great reward with being an example but also a high amount of pressure. This is a pressure we all feel to a degree as Christians but is heaviest for those who are in the position teach us. But, the great reward in being an example is becoming a light that allows others to see how we are living and exuding a Gospel centered lifestyle and that idea alone is potential enough to bring people to know Jesus. This is in the most basic sense our call of discipleship within the Great Commission (Matt. 28), and 1 Timothy 4 connects to the Great Commission by reminding us to mediate on the five virtues above to live out this very call of discipleship.