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Concentrate On Doing The Truth

1 Timothy 4:7-8
Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives' tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. (NIV)

Thinking and discussing is good - as long as we are focussed on what is true and discussing how best to do it. After that, we need to move from the debate to the action. 1st century Ephesus was a major trading hub, with people from many nationalities and cultures. The large amphitheatre attracted thousands to watch drama and hear speakers talk about the latest philosophical ideas. But when the gospel came to the city, Jesus was proclaimed as the only way. However the new believers still carried godless myths and folklore: having once believed in them, they had to reject them and learn a whole new lifestyle.
Rejecting an idea that has been held in the family is sometimes difficult. Changing patterns and habits of life may seem strange to us and to those close to us. It may appear that we are rejecting our loved ones when we deliberately turn away from things they have always accepted as being normal. But when we come to Christ, we must reject what is untrue – or we cannot be true to Him. However, we are not only to be negative about what is false, but also very positive about what is true. The best way to show our dedication to the Lord is to concentrate on doing the truth; developing a lifestyle which pleases Him, serving and loving those around us.
The internet and social media provide an infinite number of opportunities to become fascinated by ideas. How do we know which are true and which are false? God’s Word is true and it enables us to separate truth from error in the world around us. But we can waste much time thinking and discussing things which have no basis of truth, time which is better spent in training ourselves to do the things we know to be true from the Bible. Going to a gym may help us be physically fitter until we die, but living for Jesus counts for eternity. So let’s stop debating foolish things and start doing what will please the Lord.

Heavenly Father. Thank You for sending Jesus, the Way, the Truth and the Life. I am sorry when I have become absorbed with trivial and foolish things rather than concentrating on how to live to please You. Help me to make wise decisions about how I spend my time and the company I keep so that I will become spiritually fit and able to serve You in a way which will count for all eternity. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
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© Dr Paul Adams