Mirror, Mirror on the Wall { Day 11 }

READ: 1 Timothy 6:1-10 ESV

Let all who are under a yoke as bondservants regard their own masters as worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and the teaching may not be reviled.” {1 Timothy 6:1, ESV}

 Who always likes what they see in the mirror?

A mirror can reflect more than we are aware of about our appearance. We may not realize how our hair is out of place or our makeup has smudged, but one look at our reflection can identify the areas needing our attention.

Our choices are similar to a mirror. They reveal more than we care to recognize at times. Hidden agendas are often disclosed through choices, motivations seen for what they are.

The Apostle Paul was teaching his beloved Timothy what to instruct those under his care at the church at Ephesus. Paul was emphasizing how certain choices reflect either favorably or unfavorably upon Jesus Christ, with underlying motivations revealed in the process.

In verse one, he explains that slaves should regard their masters with respect by giving a reason why this should be so. “So that” shows the importance of the name and teaching of God being esteemed and protected. Although he is addressing a historical context not in practice in most places any longer (and thankfully so), the lesson is still relevant in our work places and more. How we treat our bosses, to their faces and more importantly, behind their backs, reflects on the name of Christ if we are believers.

An attitude of respect should be given toward those in authority over us, whether in government, employment, schools or home, because ultimately, it is a reflection upon Christ. He always showed respect to those in authority, even when they did not deserve it. Our treatment of others either testifies for Christ or against Him.

“If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing.” {1 Timothy 6:3-4 ESV}

Paul continues his lesson by emphasizing the responsibility of what believers profess as truth. He is exhorting Christians to adhere to what Christ proclaimed as true, not giving way to public opinion or personal perspective.

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What we proclaim with our own mouth, as our own opinion, either upholds Christ or defames His name.

“imagining that godliness is a means of gain. But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world.” {1 Timothy 6:5-7 ESV}

Paul concludes with a warning about the motivation for faith. Reinforcing correct motivation and perspective, he reminds Timothy to teach the believers in his church to “strive” for the right reasons. Seeking to be Godly primarily to gain a financial reward should not be our motive behind obedience. Maturity in faith should be desired for the way it reflects Christ, not in order to profit financially. Our choice to grow in faith, for the right reasons, matters. It reveals what we are really after- temporal or eternal reward.

We learn that our choices reflect our true motivation, either self or Jesus Christ. Just like the deception we could live under by never examining our reflection in a mirror, we can be just as foolish if we cease to evaluate the motive behind our choices.

REFLECT:

  • How do you respond to others, including coworkers, about your boss? Your elected officials? Your husband? Do you grumble or complain?
  • How do you respond to others when cultural perspective conflicts with Biblical truth? Do you keep silent? Do you acquiesce to the social pressure to conform or do you speak up for the Truth and relevancy of God’s Word?
  • Why are you seeking to grow in faith? Do you desire to honor and glorify Jesus or to gain personally as your primary motivation? What captivates you more- God or His gifts?

PRAYER:

Dearest Lord, we have all lived under subtle deceptions and suffered from its effects. Please search us and examine our hearts. Reveal to us any hidden agendas motivating us that are not honoring to your name. Help us to see when we are choosing self over You.

Gretchen Fleming
Gretchen Fleming
Gretchen's passion is to follow hard after Jesus, knowing He is the treasure of a lifetime and worth every minute she commits to Him. God’s Word has been life-giving to her through the most trying times—a great source of strength, wisdom, and truth. She is a Bible teacher, speaker, and writer, who loves to see Jesus change lives as He’s changed hers. Gretchen is a wife of 28 years and mother of 3 young adult children.

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