søndag 12. februar 2017

Accountability in everything received.

The core theme in the letters to Timothy, is the stewardship of "The good deposit"- which is the gospel that all who believe have received and accepted.

A Danish proverb says:
What you are,
is God's gift to you
What you do with what you are,
is your gift to God!
Ever since I made the final decision to follow Jesus at the age of 14, I have also known that spreading the good news of the gospel, is part of the new life I have received. Paul reminded Timothy about this too:
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:15
When I yesterday quoted Laura Petri’s interpretation of William Booth’s recipe of how to avoid quarrelling about words, the quote included this statement: “Partly, he did not want to have the main emphasis on doctrine, but on life”. This is the emphasis in Paul’s exhortation to Timothy. If a worker in God’s kingdom has something to be ashamed of, it becomes difficult to present the word of truth in the right way. Deed and creed must ‘walk’ hand in hand. That does not mean your life has to be perfect, but it must be lived under the grace, and the grace is part of God's gift.

The combination of living in God's gift to me, and the communication of the gospel with the light God has given me in and through his word, is my gift to God. This is what I and all believers are held accountable for.

'Manna' for today:

Deed and creed ‘walk’ hand in hand

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