What Do You Love?
Father, may my faith life be one of sincerity, ever living before the audience of heaven alone.
2 Timothy 3:1-9
What defines a "lover of God"?
If you think over your definitions for a lover of God and then choose the opposite, you will probably have a similar list to Paul! For Paul, "lovers of themselves" are money-obsessed, unloving, undisciplined, and self-absorbed (2-4).
Yet these people also have "a form of godliness" (5). These people are interested in God. They want to look good, but are not willing to be changed by the living God. They want to appear godly but don't want to become godly. How different is this situation in Ephesus from life nowadays?
Yes, Timothy was dealing with an insidious situation of false teaching (6,7) that was specific to Ephesus. However, there can be attitudes and temptations in our own lives that are not pleasing to God. The beautiful thing is that Jesus came so that we might be restored in our relationship with God. He came to make us "lovers of God" (4). The Gospel has power to change us to make us more like Jesus and to love God more.
What we love matters! If we truly love God, then the Gospel will transform us and make us more like him.
Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal areas that you need to surrender to him so that you can become more like Jesus.
Lord, search my heart. Help me shed all that impedes Your life from flowing freely in and through me.
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