1Timothy 1:1-2 – GETTING IT DONE
Do you get any satisfaction from completing a job? I do. When we finished shampooing some of our carpets recently it was nice to say, “That’s done!” When I complete preparing a message or sending out an edition of Sermon Seeds, it’s nice to say, “That’s done!” My wife Dottie and I have completed raising our children from childhood through to early adulthood. We are delighted to see that the task is done and our children are functioning successfully on their own.
On the cross of Calvary our Lord Jesus Christ said, “It is finished.” He had completed everything necessary to pay for the sins of mankind. It was done! When Paul came to the end of his life, Paul was able to joyfully say, “I’m done, and I did it well.” 2 Timothy 4:7-8
It will also be nice, comforting, and pleasing to God if at the end of our lives we can say with Paul, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:”
As Christians we are responsible to live lives which please God. Such lives require sacrifice. Luke 9:23-24, Luke 14:25-33, Galatians 2:20
1 Timothy 1:1-2 shows us how we can go about “Getting it done”, living a life that in the end pleases God.
GOD CALLING ME – COMMANDMENT – Vs. 1
Because this was an open letter as well as a personal letter, Paul had to establish his authority. He said that he was an Apostle. Paul was an apostle because God had commanded him to be an Apostle. God has called the Christian to do God’s will (Romans 12:1-2, Ephesians 5:15-17). There are commands that every Christian should follow. But God also has a specific plan for each life. We are to use the gifts and abilities God has give us in the way God commands us to use them. Some will be in full time Christian service while most will not. However, no matter what our jobs, we are all called to be full time Christians.
If we are going to get the job done, we must be following God’s commands.
GOD HELPING ME – GRACE – Vs. 2
In verse 2 Paul wishes for Timothy 3 qualities that helped Timothy get the job done. They will help us as well. The first one mentioned is “grace”. A Christian first receives grace, or God’s unmerited favor when he or she is saved (Ephesians 2:8-9). God’s grace continues after salvation. God’s grace will enable to get the job done. God’s grace will give me the power to live the Christian life. God’s grace will give me the power to stand against sin.
God’s grace will enable me to witness, to serve, to lead, to raise my family, and do anything else God commands me to do.
I keep grace working in life as I grow in grace and knowledge of my Lord. 1 Peter 3:18
I keep grace working in my life as I humbly call upon Him for help and submit to His leadership. James 4:6-7
GOD PARDONING ME – MERCY – Vs. 2
Grace is God giving me what I don’t deserve.
Mercy is God not giving me what I do deserve.
I first received mercy when I trusted Christ and was cleansed of my sin (Isaiah 53).
I receive mercy today as I acknowledge my sins to God and confess them. 1 John 1:9, Psalm 32:5
GOD KEEPING ME – PEACE – Vs. 2
The moment I was saved I received peace with God. Romans 5:1
As I stay focused on the Lord and bring all my cares to Him I will experience the peace of God. Isaiah 26:3, Philippians 4:6-7, 1 Timothy 1:3-11