A good name is better than riches. That is a true statement. In life, all that we really have is our name. All that counts is the way that live and carry ourselves. A good name is a gift that can be passed down to our children and grandchildren. It is a testament to a life well lived.
Today, may we live in such a way to give honor not just to our name, but most of all, in a way to give honor to the God in whose image we are made!
New Testament Lesson
Paul encouraged Timothy to pay close attention to himself, and to the gift he has been given. Paul knows the potential that Timothy has; he knows the good he can do for the kingdom. So, Paul encourages him to be faithful, and Paul encourages him to work on the gift he has been given.
Each of us is gifted in some great way by God. There is not a person out there is not made in the image of God, and is not gifted in some amazing way. Within this, let us look to the areas of life where God has gifted us, and let us work on developing those areas. Let's let God empower us to use what He has given us for His glory and for His good. For, if he has gifted us, He wants us to use it!
We see that that Master of the field, at just the right time, will uproot the weeds. Perhaps we spend too much time trying to uproot weeds; perhaps we should be spending more time trying to grow fruit in ourselves, and in others. Today, may we try to grow fruit in our own lives, and may we take the time to build up, to encourage, to help other grow; instead of criticizing, tearing down, gossiping, and judging.
Remember, the Lord has shown us mercy and grace. May we show the same mercy and grace to each other.