In my Bible study years ago, I came across a verse that God used to speak truth to me. I knew immediately that one day we would talk about 1 Timothy 4:16.
Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do,
you will save both yourself and your hearers.
1 Timothy 4:16 (NIV)
But I didn’t realize exactly what the message would be.
As I read that verse, God impressed on my heart that as speakers and writers, we must be especially careful of how we live our lives and proclaim God’s Word. Others are watching, so we must watch our own lives and doctrine closely; we must persevere, and in doing so, we save not only ourselves, but those who hear our words and watch our lives.
Wow. Just think, because of how we live and spread His truth, others can be saved. What an honor and a privilege we have!
As I meditated on the verse, the phrase, “Watch your life…” reminded me of the song we all learned as children, “Oh, Be Careful Little Eyes What You See.” I decided to look it up and within minutes, I was taken back to my childhood and songs I haven’t heard in over 50 years. Oh, Be Careful Little Eyes What You See.
That lead to a search for another childhood song, Jesus Wants Me For a Sunbeam.
So what began as a look at 1 Timothy 4:16, ended up taking me back 50 years to the truths of God’s Word, learned as a little child, through the songs of old.
So the message of this post is this:
As Christian speakers and writers . . .
- We must be careful of what we see, what we hear, what we say, where we go, and what we do
- Jesus wants us all to be sunbeams for Him, shining His light into all the world
- We must watch how we live our lives because others are watching . . . and listening
If we do, our lives and the lives of others can be changed for eternity.
Grace and peace be yours in abundance.