The verse for today is 1 Timothy 4:10:
That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.
In order to get the full picture of what is going on though, we need to back up to verses 8-9:
For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 9 This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance.
Timothy is referencing Godly training and physical training, saying that Godly training encompasses ALL things (while physical training focuses on one specific thing).
I don’t know about you, but in a time of crisis like the pandemic we are living in, physical training can be the last thing on my mind, and if I’m honest Godly training is also. I don’t have the mindset of Godly training during this time, I have the mindset of “get by and survive”.
I will talk more about Godly training in a minute but let’s go back to the word “Savior” here.
“Living God, who is the Savior of all people”.
The word “Savior” comes from the greek word, “soter”, meaning savior, deliver, preserver.
Two things stick out to me here:
- because he is a living God the act of saving, delivering, preserving is something that didn’t just happen in the past, but continues to happen now.
- because we put our Hope in him our laboring is not in vain, we train in a Godly manner fully to both understand and proclaim the promises of God.
He didn’t just deliver us, but he continues to deliver us daily. (again the Lords prayer is something we can pray daily, asking to be delivered from our sins)
While we take care of our bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit, they are only here to serve us on earth. Engaging in Godly training has benefits both here on earth and for eternity. Timothy suggests that this idea deserves our “full acceptance”.
This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance.
So say we accept this, that we need to engage in Godly training in light of who we are now and where we will be for eternity.
A call to action. To labor and strive not for our own sake, but the sake of others.
What are we laboring and striving to do?
verse 11: Command and teach these things.
Teach others that Jesus is savior, teach the good news to those that God beings to your life. Hope isn’t ours alone, but it’s there for us to share by meaning of spreading the gospel to the ends of earth.
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Mark 16:15
I think it’s important to add a disclaimer here, that teaching and preaching the gospel isn’t easy work. Physically we can come up against barriers (umm COVID-19…need I say more?) Emotionally it can be scary to share the hope of the gospel with others because we may fear how it makes us look, or even what their response may be.
Sharing the gospel, the Hope you personally have found in Jesus Christ is never about you. It is about Him.
We don’t do it because we feel like doing it, or “it would be a nice thing to do”. We do it because the Holy Spirit compels us to do it.
He’s already our Savior, but what about everyone else?
Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.
Here is your challenge today, friends. How can you proclaim the good news of Jesus as savior (deliverer, preserver) to others when you can’t by in physical proximity with others at this point? Let’s get creative here!
How can you explain that Jesus did not only deliver us from our sins, but continues to deliver us daily?
Just in case you missed yesterday’s #saviorseries post, here it is! Righteous God and a Savior
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 2 Peter 1:5-7
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, Luke 4:18