By Rod Shimabukuro
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope, To Timothy, my true child in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. 1 Timothy 1:1-2 ESV
How has God made His mark on Paul, Timothy, the church…and on you and I today?
Paul recognizes Christ Jesus as our hope by the divine command of God our Savior. This is the Gospel – the good news that God the Father, sent Christ Jesus is Son as our hope; to live and sacrifice His life to redeem and restore human kind in perfect relationship with Him. God is our Savior, establishing Jesus’ deity and equality with the Father. Included in this hope is His resurrection, ascension and second coming.
Through God, He marked Paul, Timothy and you and I – with the Good News, called the Gospel. Like Timothy, we are true children of faith – through the grace and mercy of God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord!
God has called me, marked me to be a true son in the faith! WOW! I want to recognize God – to worship Him, for He is gracious to call me into a pure, intimate, relationship with Him, daily and throughout the day. He continues to show me mercy, as a broken, fallen man, with His ongoing love, forgiveness, initiative to guide me. WHAT?! I’m a true son in the faith??!! Thank you Godhead!
He has marked me to make a mark on others – especially my wife, children, family, body of Christ. Like Paul, I feel called to invest in preaching and teaching the Gospel to make disciples.
PRIORITIZE MY RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD AND HIS WORD
To fulfill this call, I must dedicate my heart and life to the study of God and His Word. I must be careful to not allow the “all the responsibilities” as a pastor to de-prioritize my role as a student and teacher of the Gospel.There’s a unique, difficult balance to shepherding people and cultivating my relationship with God through prayer, meditation and study of His Word.
O GOD!!!! Help me to fear You with a deeper respect – to want to know You, represent You well, to make disciples of Jesus. Thank you for marking me with Your grace, mercy and love. Help me to make a mark, through Your Gospel, investing in making disciples.
Scholars identify Paul’s letters to Timothy as Pastoral Letters, exhorting, guiding his spiritual student and co worker. The character, calling, competence of spiritual leadership is needed to face false doctrine and teaching in and around the church. 1 Tim 1:1-2, speak deeply of the relationship, role and responsibility Paul has…in God, and with Timothy.