Christian Devotional – June 1, 2019

Purpose. It’s important to have a purpose, not just big picture as in a purpose for life, but it’s also important to have purpose for each day. Otherwise, we can easily get distracted. Paul mentions this in 1 Timothy 5:11-16.

But refuse to put younger widows on the list, for when they feel sensual desires in disregard of Christ, they want to get married, thus incurring condemnation, because they have set aside their previous pledge. At the same time they also learn to be idle, as they go around from house to house; and not merely idle, but also gossips and busybodies, talking about things not proper to mention. Therefore, I want younger widows to get married, bear children, keep house, and give the enemy no occasion for reproach; for some have already turned aside to follow Satan. If any woman who is a believer has dependent widows, she must assist them and the church must not be burdened, so that it may assist those who are widows indeed.
1 TIMOTHY 5:11‭-‬16 NASB

A lot of verses here, but they all go together and speak to the idea that we must stay focused on our purpose or we will find ourselves heading down a path that leads to temptation and sin. Paul had seen this and that is why he mentions this. He boils all this down to the focus in verse 13. If we are idle, then all kinds of temptations will come to mind. There is a difference between being still and being idle. The Psalms talks about the importance of being still and knowing God. Even there, we have purpose to know God more. Being idle, we have no focus or purpose. How are we spending our time and are we finding God’s purpose for us in everything we do each day?

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