An Undeniable Calling
I Timothy 1:18-19
February 24, 2008
INTRODUCTION: This passage is one where Paul is saying to Timothy, "Be true to your name." Timothy is composed of two Greek words: (Timotheos); time, which means honour and theos which means God, and so means honour to God. Timothy had a call from God on his life: first to God Himself; secondly, to serve the Lord's church. This passage serves as a commentary on the seriousness of the call to serve.
I. THE CALL FROM WITHOUT. 18
A. A COMMAND TO OBEY.
"this charge I commit" – (this command I entrust); this is used for a military order. It is not a suggestion and it is not open for discussion. It is a mandate to be carried out obediently.
Paul was serious about God's call on his life and passed the same charge on to Timothy. We are duty-bound to obey the Commander.
2 Timothy 2:4, "No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier."
Jesus expressed the importance of duty.
Luke 17:7-10, "And which of you, having a servant plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, 'Come at once and sit down to eat'? But will he not rather say to him, 'Prepare something for my supper, and gird yourself and serve me till I have eaten and drunk, and afterward you will eat and drink'? Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I think not. So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, 'We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.'"
Again, Paul was confident of his commitment to his calling. Note his witness before King Agrippa.
Acts 26:19, "Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision"
Also note his conviction –
Acts 20:24, "But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, an ...
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