Daily D – 2 Timothy 3:10
But you, Timothy, certainly know what I teach, and how I live, and what my purpose in life is. You know my faith, my patience, my love, and my endurance. 2 TIMOTHY 3:10 (NLT)
Wouldn’t it be great if everyone could be depended upon to live with authenticity and integrity? This would make elections easier, wouldn’t it? There would be no need for one candidate to dig up dirt on another. We would simply know if we prefer one person’s policies or the other without all the diversion and sleight of hand.
Jesus said in John 4:24, “For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.” Another way of saying “in spirit and in truth” is “with authenticity and accuracy.”
Paul contrasts his life with false teachers in this chapter. As long as there is truth, there will be people who oppose it, restate it, add to it, or take away from it. People will manipulate the truth for power and profit. Paul reminds Timothy to live with authenticity and accuracy as he did. He pointed to his own life as an example. Timothy knew him up close and personal. He knew Paul lived what he said he believed.
Paul’s teaching was consistent with his behavior. His life had purpose. His faith formed his every practice. He patiently endured all problems including the honest immaturity of new believers who did not yet know better. Tim knew Paul’s heart. He genuinely loved God and loved people and wanted everyone everywhere to know and experience God as he did. He knew Paul would go the distance.
What do the people who know us best know to be true about us? What is the best they could say? Could we honestly say to our children, grandchildren, coworkers, and friends, “You know what I teach, how I live, and what my purpose is. You know my faith, my patience, my love, and my endurance. Follow me as I follow Christ.”
This is the kind of life we should aspire to live. Anything else is less than authentic and accurate. This is less about perfection than direction. We are apprentices of Jesus making more apprentices of Jesus. We are learning how to live if Jesus would if he were us.
Today is a good day to live with authenticity and accuracy. Today is a good day to invite others into this journey. Today is a good day to build lives, families, and communities where people can trust one another to do what is right, just, fair, and compassionate for everyone.
I will make it my purpose to live with authenticity and accuracy.
Our Father, please remove from my life any shade of inauthenticity. Please align and attune my heart and my actions with yours. I want to follow you with authenticity and accuracy so that I may be able to invite others to follow me without fear of leading them astray in any way. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.