“But you, man of God, pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness. To Him be honor and eternal power.” (I Timothy 6: 11 and 16b)
Young Timothy had been left all alone in the great city of Ephesus . He had a demanding and dangerous challenge facing him — to be the apostolic representative to the churches of the city. I imagine he felt a great deal of pressure being left alone with hardly anyone to lean on. I also imagine that most of us have found ourselves in like situations at some point in our life. I know I have.
Paul was doing what a good mentor does. His letters were meant to encourage and uplift Timothy. Perhaps the most powerful words he used are the title he gave him — Man of God! In the Old Testament that title was reserved for the prophets … not lightly bestowed. Timothy knew that, and to have Paul use that title for him must have been a shock. There could be no greater title! Man in his weakness combined with God in all His majesty. Paul then tells Timothy how to “live up” to the title: “Pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness.” Then give God the honor, and the spirit of God will become a part of you, Man of God.
The more I thought about what Paul said the more I became convinced that the Men and Women of God who have come into my life were there because I needed them. I’ve felt this more in the past seven months than in the previous 71 years of life. Don’t misunderstand me … I have always had times where I needed someone to lean on. But it’s just been more intense recently. Lucky me, I live with a Woman of God!
Karen and I have a “happy place” at Lake Madison . We look westward from our beach, and the sunsets are the most gorgeous anywhere in God’s world. Over the years we have taken many pictures of that sunset. One of my favorites is Karen silhouetted in front of that setting sun. I think of that now as a perfect example of God’s greatness and glory wrapped around this woman — Woman of God! The point is that People of God come into our lives because they are sent to give us relief. Look for them. Welcome them! I know I am on the watch!