Key Text: First Timothy 6:13-16
In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which God will bring about in his own time—God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.
Talk about a job description!
It is the Apostle Paul’s call to young Timothy, a fellow believer and minister, to live up to his high calling in Christ. Look at it again, “…keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ…” Wow.
Recently, I reflected upon my own “job description” as a Pastor, with the Pastoral Relations Committee of my congregation. It was good and fruitful discussion and I felt much supported in my “calling.”
I am thankful, though, that no one on the committee used such lofty words as Paul did. I would be pretty intimated if they were to regularly intone a phrase that begins, “keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Again, Wow.
Yet I take such a calling quite seriously.
We all should.
It is the high calling of all believers and followers of Christ, clergy and laity alike.
We are all called to do our best to keep Christ’s commands without spot or blame and though we shall fail at this (being human) we can also surely count on God’s forgiveness and grace when we do. Then, empowered once again, we can try again, until that day when Christ returns as promised.
Being a member of the kingdom of God, being a follower of Christ isn’t easy – it never has been – and never will be easy.
It is a privilege though, a gift, and a high calling.
It is much for than our “job description” as Christians. It is our life.