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08/17/2010

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Meditation And Heed


"Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and teaching" (1 Tim. 4:13).

Lets face it, we like to listen to preachers with a compelling way of getting their message across. If they have a good personality and a little style about them, they are easier to listen to. Style is cool....Style with substance is even better. In the verse before today's Paul admonishes his protege Timothy not to allow anyone to look down on you because of your youth. Timothy may have been a bit inexperienced and it might shown as he preached the Word. It is Paul's message here that the greatest force that the person in the pulpit or in the class has is his knowledge and presentation of the Word. If we take a look at verses 13 to 16, we can count 5 admonishments that Paul gave about the Word and it's dissemination. (1) what deserved attention (V13)...(2) what must not be neglected (V14) (3) what needed to be meditated upon (V15)..(4) what was to be heeded (V16)..(5) That there must be perseverance (V16)..I would like to focus today on the meditation and heeding. "Meditate on these things," Paul writes. He goes further when he says; "give yourself wholly to them." When we meditate on something that is important to us, (and others) and then devote ourselves to it, everyone will see our progress. It's like practicing a sports skill. When we repeat the skill the correct way many times, we become proficient at it and everyone will see our progress as we get better.

Paul says these things about meditating and heeding because people are watching. They are even possibly looking for a chink in the armor. He told Timothy these things so that he would not get careless and sloppy in his attitude about his study and subsequent work. His meditation and heeding would show as he not only presented the message, but lived it. Finally, Paul writes this; "Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers" (V16). We may not be a Paul or Timothy, but we can still meditate on the Word and heed it so that we can positively impact both ourselves and others...

Have a great day... Let your light shine for Him... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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