Ideas Falsely Called Knowledge

21 Oct

In this morning’s reading from 1 Timothy chapter 6, the closing lines caught me.

Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and in so doing have wandered from the faith. Grace be with you.  NIV 1 Tim 6:20 

The verse above is speaking of believers in the faith who have wandered, perhaps unwittingly.

Last time, I wrote about hearing only what we want to hear. In today’s reading, Paul talks to Timothy about holding to the sound instruction of Jesus’s godly teaching.  He warns against unhealthy interest in controversy, envy and malicious talk.

The next part was too familiar . . . ” and constant friction between men of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.” (The previous lines is from verse 5, but see verses 3 – 10).

Paul is telling Timothy to guard his heart. To guard the truth of Jesus’s teaching and not violate or manipulate it with sinful goals. Seeking God for benefit in this temperal world for our own gain isn’t seeking God’s kingdom first as Christ instructed. 

We are taught to live with an eternal perspective and not to expect better treatment on this earth than Christ received. I admit His grace has always given me better treatment, but that’s not why I want to seek Him.

Read Matthew Chapter 10. Jesus is instructing his disciples. He ends wth encouragement in the last verse, “…I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.”  Up to this point in Matthew, Jesus has taught much about the kingdom of heaven and this is where he is speaking of reward.

In the same way,  Paul ends his first letter to Timothy, instructing all to do good and be rich in good deeds, generous and willing to share.

1 Tim: 6:19 ” In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.”

Lord, make my heart’s desire to be your kingdom. Give me a compassionate heart for others. Guard me from selfish thinking, selfish living, and a selfish heart.

“Prone to wander, Lord I feel it. Prone to leave the God I love. Here’s my heart Lord, Take and seal it. Seal it for they courts above.”  -words from Great is They Faithfulness.

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