Today’s passage is all about each of us; yet, I share how I do –and do not– live it out myself. I have a long way to go on the one hand, and am ready to jump in on the other….but it may not be what you are thinking…
1 Timothy 2:1-6 NLT
There is a lot to unpack in these short 6 verses so I am going to cut them in half.
2 1I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. 2 Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.
This is the easiest part of this section. Prayer.
We are to pray for everyone. EVERYONE.
There sure wasn’t a lot of that going on this time last year; and, I am not so sure there is a lot of it these days either.
We are a very divided country and have been for many years. This is nothing new. But do we pray for those in authority? Or, do we just formulate our opinions and go with that? The more we hold against a leader — the more we ought to pray.
Personally, I was not happy with either candidate for president in 2020. I had strong opinions about one and not thrilled with the other. I tried to stay out of the discussions going on around me. A good friend of mine, and volunteer for the food bank delivery program I run, kept telling me “you __(insert party line)___ all believe_______.” But I am not thrilled with either party and most of what he was telling me I was against, even though my party is the one supporting certain issues.
The candidate I had strong opinions about — I think I prayed “don’t let him win!” But I did not pray for his welfare, nor the issues he brought to the table of debates.
And to tell you more truth, I don’t think this year I have prayed for the current president, and I KNOW I have not prayed for congress. the senate, or my governor, nor even our mayor.
My prayer life NEEDS a lot of work. I do not pray for everybody.
I pray for the people that come across my prayer chain from church.
But what about the rest of the town? What about the clients I get into shelters and rehabs….do I continue to pray for them after that work is done? And if so– for how long? We see people every Monday who need help paying their utility bills through our Sharing Ministry program. We also get several calls each week from people who can’t pay there rent…but we don’t have the money or grants to handle that. Do I pray very often for the impoverished?
Then there is the domestic violence shelter and women’s recovery center in town. There is the food bank we work with. There are the homeless who choose to remain on the streets. And those are just the program clients in town.
What about our neighbors up and down the street. The high school kids. The parents out of work. The people I don’t even know that have COVID and die leaving family and friends behind. When is the last time I prayed for people of a different religious / spiritual beliefs that they may be healthy, wise, and whole.
I have a lot of work to do....my prayers should be longer than the rushed ones I squeeze out when time is short (and the movie or internet surfing ran over).
Moving on the scripture continues
3 This is good and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. 5 For, There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. 6 He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time.
This is the controversial and non-politically correct part of this passage.
There have always been many ways that people believe they can be reconciled to God. Some don’t even want to call the Creator “God”, they choose “Earth Mother” and “the universe” or many other options.
Scripture tells us that the only way to God is through Jesus Christ (this is where the rubber meets the road).
I have some non-believers who read my blog. I am not trying to push them away, but I am trying to spread the Truth. It is not just a relative truth. It is THE TRUTH.
I attend 12-step meetings where a person gets to choose a “god of their own understanding.”
My sponsor’s “god” is the ocean and nature. She grew up in the church of her parents choosing but fell away when she grew up and did not believe in some of the tenets that they held to.
It is not uncommon to here people say “my god is like this” and “my god is like that.” They are staunchly opposed to any religion and religious beliefs. And the ones who do believe in Christ, preface their shares about Him with: “I’m not religious but_____”. BTW the definition on line of religious is: relating to or believing in a religion. IF you believe in Jesus as your Lord and Savior you do have some religious beliefs. Christ was not a secular example of a good person or a wise sage.
He is the Savior of the World. And that is not politically correct right now… nor was it in the beginning of this faith.
I have skirted around the topic of Jesus for far too long on this blog.
Trying to be something for everybody I stuck to the aspect of God. God is more friendly. Much of the population believes in ‘ a god” so what I was saying could be applied to their beliefs as well. But I recently, this past week, was convicted to jump all in.
I may lose a few followers. I may lose a like now and then. I may even get some not so nice feedback once in a while.
SO today I announce that when it comes to sharing Christ, I am going to:
Until Next Time~