Good Servants of Christ Jesus

from Lynda Lindsey

If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the truth and of the good doctrine that you have followed. Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. I Timothy 4:6-8

Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. …Devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching. Do not neglect the gift you have… Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress. Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers. I Timothy 4:12-16

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23-24

Being immersed in a cause means we are focused laser-like in one direction, so deeply engaged and absorbed in our pursuit that we may lose track of time and place. All believers, in leadership roles or not, are to pursue godliness with this same intensity, to immerse ourselves in becoming more Christ-like in what we say, our speech, and in what we do, our conduct. Paul, already having warned Timothy about false teachers and false doctrines, urges an unswerving adherence to gospel truth. The goal isn’t perfection; rather, the tenor of our lives should demonstrate increasing godliness. 

Paul adjures Timothy to train for ministry the way competitive athletes pursue victory, diligently staying the course regardless of circumstances or obstacles and running well by focusing on the finish line. Just so, as good servants of Christ, to be useful in kingdom work and reliable witnesses in the world, we should be immersed in godly practices. By our example we influence the world around us to see, and seek God’s grace and we deny the adversary any room to slander God’s cause. Becoming more like Christ means we grow increasingly more loving, kind, faithful, and pure in heart.

As good servants of Christ Jesus, pursue godliness. Stay the course. Don’t get sidetracked. In every good work, persevere in spite of any and all obstacles. Be vigilant. Stay vigilant. Follow sound biblical doctrine and teaching. Read scripture with the intent to obey. Seek faithful preachers and teachers of God’s word. Develop and use your spiritual gifts to build up and nurture the body of believers. Endure. Hold fast. Remain under the load; in everything, work heartily, as for the Lord, for He will sustain us to the end, keeping us blameless until He returns. Persevere in servanthood!