Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 167/260: Read 1 Timothy 4

God created man as a free moral agent. That means he has the ability to make choices based on information, not merely instinct. You have the freedom to decide to follow Jesus, or to reject Him. God will not force you into submission.

Notice what Paul said to Timothy. “Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership.” Timothy had a choice to make. He could either use the gift to the glory of God, or he could neglect it. Refuse to work for the Lord. Ignore the truth.

While we may not be endowed with the miraculous manifestations of the Holy Spirit today, we all have different non-miraculous talents and abilities. We can either use those talents to God’s glory, according to His will, or we can neglect them. We have the freedom to decide.

With that freedom, however, comes consequences. We need to devote ourselves to working in the kingdom if we are to reap the rewards of a faithful servant. Those who refuse to work will be punished. Yes, even if you are not actively participating in evil things, if you are refusing to actively participate in the things of God, you will be punished. Consider the parable of the talents on this point (Matthew 25:14-30).

Are you using the talents and abilities with which you have been blessed?

Memory (Copy into a notebook 5-10 times)

2 Timothy 1:13. Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.

Pray

Pray for opportunities to glorify God through your talents.

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