1 Timothy 1:3-4 Controversial Conversations

“As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain people not to teach false doctrines any longer or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing God’s work–which is by faith.” 1 Timothy 1:3-4

Evidently some people in Ephesus were teaching false doctrine and debating myths and genealogies. Paul tells Timothy to stay and command the people not to do these things. It was not just an urging or asking, but a command to stop.

People have their own personal beliefs on many different things. Many will have an extreme interest in one subject or another. There are some who know every little bit of information about the Star Wars movies before they even come out. They can tell you the who, what, why, where, and when of every movie.

Others can tell you all about a singer or group, or maybe some television show. Still others love to debate politics and what should or should not be done. Some, in the church, will debate (argue) various doctrines.

When people talk about these various things, they will hold very strongly to what they believe. They focus most of their time on that subject. It is all they talk about.

The problem is that often it creates controversy, especially in politics and doctrine. These studies and talks do not promote Jesus and salvation. It is not putting God’s work first. It does not advance the kingdom of God at all.

Devoting yourself to any of these things or something else that is not of God, is a waste of time and effort. These things are meaningless.

Why spend your time studying every detail of a movie? Or debating what should or should not be done in politics?

Take the time to tell people about Jesus. Talk about what God has done in your life. The details of the Bible are so vast that you could study them a lifetime and still not know it all. God’s love is so great you could give a speech for eternity describing it.

Think about what your conversations are about. Do they promote Jesus? Or do they promote the things of this world?

I pray today that God will be a part of all of your talk; that your talk will promote the kingdom of God; that your conversations will point people to Jesus; and that many people will see Jesus through you.