Awake & Alive: 1 Timothy Reading Plan

Day 24

1 Timothy 5:21-25

21In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels I charge you to keep these rules without prejudging, doing nothing from partiality. 22Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, nor take part in the sins of others; keep yourself pure. 23(No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.) 24The sins of some people are conspicuous, going before them to judgment, but the sins of others appear later. 25So also good works are conspicuous, and even those that are not cannot remain hidden. I Timothy 5:21-25

Paul refocuses on Timothy with a personal charge. He emphasizes the gravity of the ministerial calling and the lifestyle expected of those pursuing it. Time plays a crucial role in revealing character, which is essential for a Gospel-transformed life.

Paul also offers some practical advice. It’s important to understand that Paul isn’t endorsing alcohol as a coping mechanism. This verse highlights the personal nature of the letter.

Paul concludes by reiterating the importance of patience. Our human nature craves immediate results, but value lies in waiting on God for direction.

All that Paul calls for – both from Timothy and the church – carries immense weight. These tasks are divinely ordained and essential for accurately presenting the Gospel. Sin, both open and hidden, impedes joy and hinders the fulfillment of the Gospel commission.