Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity. Until I get there, focus on reading the Scriptures to the church, encouraging the believers, and teaching them. – 1 Timothy 4:12-13
Timothy was a young preacher and teacher of the Word of God and studied under the tutelage of Paul and was like a spiritual son to the apostle. He must have endured a lot of slander because of his young age, for Paul encouraged him to continue in the faith and do the work given to him by God through the elders laying on of hands and prophesying over him. Paul told Timothy to set an example before other believers in all he said, did, and thought through purity. What a message!
This section of the daily wash is to apply what we hear from God’s Spirit speaking to us. His words couldn’t be any louder than they are today! “Be an example to ALL believers! In word, in deed, in love, in faith, in purity, LIVE A GODLY LIFE!” He even goes on to tell me to focus on reading the Word of God to the church (the entire church worldwide not just the local assembly), to encourage believers, and to teach them the TRUTH of Jesus! We all could stand to learn this lesson and put it into practice, for every person, who is a true disciple of Jesus, has been commanded to preach the good news of Jesus to all the world, baptize them in the name of the Father, Son, and Spirit, and to teach them all Jesus taught the apostles.
Father, thank you for loving me and being so gracious and merciful. You are to be revered, honored, glorified, and lifted up! You are supreme and with majesty that shines brighter than the sun! I love you for who you are not what you do for me. Help me to live out the command you gave Timothy through Paul. In all I think, say, and do, may it bring you glory and honor! May it be the truth and truth alone! Your will be done, not mine, In Jesus’ name, Amen.