1 Timothy 3:7 A Good Reputation

 

Cabin on a hill

He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap. 1 Timothy 3:7

Reputation is how other people see a person. What type of person do they see when they look at someone? What is his character like?

Reputations can be good or bad. Some can be positive reputations that every loves, or they can be negative ones that people hate.

Every person has a reputation of some sort. It can be seen in how they act and react to different situations. There are people who are known to get angry every time when they begin to talk about politics. Others may always be generous with time, or money. Some may have the reputation of being a talker.

Although Paul is talking specifically about someone who is going to be an overseer, the rule can be applied to every believer. Believers are to have a good reputation with outsiders, with people who are outside the belief in Jesus.

As Jesus walked on this earth, He had a good reputation with all people. He was known for being loving, kind, and generous. He was known to heal and forgive. Whether a person believed in Him or not, people knew who He was and what He was like.

Believers in the church do not always have a good reputation with people outside the church. Some are extremely judgmental. Others are stingy with their money and not giving. Many employers will state that believers are thought of to be lazy and not giving their best effort at work. Churches are often closed off to outsiders. People inside the church have their own little cliques that they stay in, and refuse to let others in.

These types of actions push people away from God and Jesus. They are falling into disgrace and into the devil’s trap to destroy the church and individual.

Find out what people think about you. What is your reputation with those outside the church?

Do people know you to be a believer, who is full of love, grace, mercy and truth?

Or do people see someone who says one thing and says or does something different?

Although reputation is not everything, it does mean something. It reveals how you are really living your life. Although the world may try to destroy you, they cannot deny who you are. What is your reputation to the world?

I pray today that your life will be like that of Jesus to this world; that people will know you are a follower of Jesus; that you will not do anything that will bring disgrace to God; and that many will know Jesus because of your actions and words.

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1 Timothy 2:1 Prayer & Thanksgiving For All People

 

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I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people 1 Timothy 2:1

Prayer is one thing that most believers know they should be doing more of. There are volumes of books written on how a person should pray or what they should pray. One thing that is common is specifically worded prayers. The Lord’s Prayer is one that can be heard all over. People pray it without even thinking about it or what it says.

Many people do pray, but they pray when times are tough. They will also pray that God will strike their enemies and get rid of their enemies. Believers will pray that certain people will be removed from official positions or that a certain person will be placed into position. While all of these prayers are good, there is more to be done in prayer.

Along with praying about someone else, people need to give thanks for all people. Right now, many people will rise up and rebel against this. They don’t see a reason to give God thanks for a person in position who is not living or working for God directly. They do not want to give thanks for the person who is making their life tough. Yet, this is what God wants.

Every person is placed on this earth where they are by God’s power. Those in government positions are there because God has a purpose for them to be there, regardless of how good or bad the person is.

Many rise up in rebellion against a president, yet, forget that God put him there. Believers are to thank God for that person, rather than fight him or curse him. God will use even the ungodly to fulfill His purpose in the lives of people and nations. This includes not only a president, but also every other person on this earth.

Take time each day to pray for all people around you and around this world. Every person needs Jesus. Every person has a purpose in God’s plan. Pray that they will know God’s will for their lives. And then give thanks for that person or group of people.

It does not matter if the person is a common no-name person or the leader of a nation, prayer and give thanks for every one. In this way God’s plan will be fulfilled on this earth.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for all people; that you will see God’s hand in the lives of every person; that you will pray God’s will for every person; that you will thank God for every person in your life; and that you will be His witness to every one.

1 Timothy 1:13 A Proper Perspective

 

Lighthouse at dawn

Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. 1 Timothy 1:13

Paul opens his letter to Timothy, a young new preacher of the gospel, with encouragement. He points out that he was a horrible, rotten sinner, yet was shown much mercy and grace by God because he had done everything out of ignorance and unbelief.

The majority of the people in the world do not have the proper perspective on who they are or what they are really like. They do not see a need to be saved because they do not believe in sin. Not believing in God will cause a reason to not believe in sin. So people see themselves as a good person or just like everyone else.

There are believers in the church who tend to have the same view of themselves. This can be seen in believers who grew up in the church. They do believe in God and believe in sin, but never really saw themselves as a bad sinner.

Very few people will consider themselves as a blasphemer, persecutor and a violent person. Yet, every believer was these very things at one point in their life. They claimed that they could do anything and did not need God, even talking against God, being a blasphemer. They talked against believers, being a persecutor. And did things selfishly against others, being violent.

Yet, they were shown mercy by God, because most of what they had been doing was done in ignorance or unbelief. God knows that humans act the way they do because they don’t really know the truth–Jesus and God’s word. Jesus accepts and forgives everyone who comes to Him in belief.

As a believer you were once all of these things. Without Jesus you would still be in that position and be that type of person. Yet, Jesus has shown you His great mercy and forgiven you.

Since you have been forgiven, turn away from that type of living. Also realize that the rest of the world still needs to learn this truth. Be ready to show mercy on others, just as Jesus has shown you mercy.

Having the right perspective on who you were and who you are now, helps you know other people correctly. You were changed and saved, they can also be changed and saved.

I pray today that God will reveal to you who you were; that you will know the mercy God has given you; that you will be a changed person in Jesus; that you will show God’s mercy to others; and that God will help you turn from all sin.