Thursday, June 18

Missing the point

Scripture: 2 Kings 1-3, Psalm 82, 1 Timothy 1

1 Timothy 1:5–6 The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith. 6 But some people have missed this whole point. They have turned away from these things and spend their time in meaningless discussions.

Observation

Paul starts his letter to Timothy, his spiritual son, with a warning not to be drawn into meaningless debates.  He reminds Timothy of his purpose: Paul is working so that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience and a genuine faith.  This is a great goal for each of us personally and for helping other people.  

But some people have “missed this whole point” by turning away from these things (the four mentioned in v. 5) and waste their time in “meaningless discussions.”  It seems that these meaningless discussions revolved around the Jewish law, myths and spiritual pedigrees—things that missed the point. They didn’t help people fulfill their purpose of being filled with love from a pure heart, a clear conscience and a genuine faith.

Application

This is a timely reminder for us.  We live in a time when it’s easy to be drawn away from the gospel and into “meaningless discussions” that miss the point.  We need, like Paul, to have a clear grasp of our purpose, and let that guide us in all we do.  We need to be aiming to be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience and a genuine faith.  Whatever moves us towards those things is helpful.  Whatever moves us away misses the point.  

Prayer: Lord, help me to keep this purpose clearly in focus.  Help me to avoid getting drawn off target and missing the point.