Watch Your Life

My, Devotion to Him #231

Verse Passage: 1 Timothy 4:16 “Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” – NIV

At times we find ourselves in positions where we cannot overtly share the reason for our joy. Teachers are a prime example of a group of people who would like to share more about Christ but are limited. Yet it is in these situations that we can still lightly spread messages of hope, encouragement, joy, and grace. In these situations a good spirit filled book can be recommended, open invites that are beyond the limited environment. Last but not least, just being a loving and kind person speaks volumes to others. Above all this, stay true to yourself and to your faith. Stand upon the Word and do not waiver. 

Timothy said it best: watch your life and doctrine closely. If you do you will save yourself and your hearers (paraphrased). 

So many times I think we get caught up in this mind set that we must be in some titled position, on some foreign land, or speaking in front of the masses in order to make it seem like we are actually doing something for Christ. But being a good person speaks volumes. Being a loving person to your family and not lashing out in outburst will send waves throughout your family. Being a reliable person to a friend will bring encouragement into their life. Showing day in and day out the light of Christ which isn’t always preaching. But instead showing Christ through your humanity and through your actions and words towards people can spark a wildfire of change. 

We need to watch our life. We need to watch and see if the doctrine we proclaim is the life we are living. Remember Jesus was always thinking about the people. He loved the people. He cared for the people. He wasn’t always around the masses. Sometimes it was hanging out around a well talking to one woman. Other times it was listening to kids and giving them attention. Jesus was not only the doctrine but He lived it to its fullest. We must also do the same for we will save ourselves and the hearers. 

God bless!

Copyright © 2020 by Jacob Olinger

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