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1 Timothy 4:15 NKJ
“Meditate on these things: give yourselves entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all”
Paul, writing by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, wanted Timothy to make progress.
Timothy’s progress would benefit him, of course, but even more his progress would be an encouragement and example to the people he was working with. As pastor of a church, Paul had written to Timothy to be such an example that it would basically shut the mouths of people who thought he was too young.
For Timothy to make progress he would have to mediate (think deeply about what Paul had instructed him. And he would have to practice and become absorbed in them as well.
Think, practice and progress. The Lord, through Paul, told Timothy how to move forward.
Paul’s instructions to Timothy on how to make progress are still applicable today. Paul had mentioned Timothy was to be an example in speech, way of life, love, attitude, faith and purity (vs 12). This is just one part of the great instructions that came Timothy’s way.
So much great instruction has come my way also. Bible passages, teaching and preaching, books I have read, the whisper of the Holy Spirit in prayer. Now for me to make progress I have to take what I have learned, think deeply about how to apply that to my life and practice that consistently. When, and as, I do this I’ll make so much progress that other people will actually be able to see it.
All of us have people who are watching us – they can benefit from our progress as they are encouraged to follow the Lord.
Thank you Lord that You want me to make progress. Not just for my benefit but others will benefit as well. Thank you that you do not want me stagnating but rather moving forward in all areas of life. Amen