Living in Ephesus
“The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.” 1 Timothy 1:5
St. Timothy was living in Ephesus when he received a letter from the apostle, St. Paul. Paul knew his death was near and he sent Timothy a letter of instructions and commands. These instructions were designed to help Timothy navigate the waters of living and pastoring in Ephesus.
Our culture does not like commands. How many times have we heard (or said) “don’t tell me what to do”? If we do not like commands, instructions do not register much higher on our “like” list. No one ever clicked “like” when someone told us what to do! Yet, we are living in a day and age not much different than Ephesus where Timothy resided. And I have noticed that not following instructions is not working out for us very well. We think we already have all the answers. We don’t need anyone telling us what to do. We have this “faith thing” covered. Hmm. I’m not sure that we do.
Timothy received a set of instructions that significantly helped him live out his faith in a very hostile world. The same letter can benefit you and I. It will help us live out our faith in a way that will be meaningful and life-changing. Come join us on the journey as we “fight the good fight of faith” because the goal of these instructions is love.