READ : 1 Timothy 1:1-11
Whether a radio message in the car, a billboard sign over the streets, or magazine articles lining the check-outs at the supermarkets, it used to be hard to escape the overwhelming messages the world was feeding us in an attempt to shape our world view. Today, we don’t even have to leave our homes for this to happen. Smartphones have brought the billboard messages into our hot little hands on a convenient 5.5-inch screen.
Business Insider posted a study recently that found the average person spends about 37 minutes a day on social media. That’s a lot of time when you compare it to everything else we do in a day.
Social media is begging for our every minute. And we often give in, don’t we? I know I’m guilty. It’s becoming more and more difficult to guard our attention and focus on the things we want and against the overwhelming messages the world is pumping into us. And as believers and probably, more importantly, it’s growing more difficult to protect the Truth we know.The messages we allow in, shape our thoughts, which eventually shape our lives. The bible has to be predominant. Click To Tweet
You might be surprised to find out that our lives today aren’t much different than when Paul was writing to his beloved Timothy. In the first chapter of First Timothy, we are introduced to “certain persons” in verse 3. These “certain persons” are known to be the false teachers in Timothy’s community who are causing disruption in the church and teaching false doctrine that was swaying people from the Truth. Paul is warning Timothy to guard against these “certain persons”.
Today, some of our “certain persons” are in the messages that say you have to be beautiful and a certain size to have worth, where God’s Truth says you have been created in His image and already “wonderfully made“. Or you have to hustle and achieve to be enough and God’s Truth says God is enough and you are in Him, therefore you are enough. These messages seem obvious when we call them out but they somehow tend to slip in and chip away at the Truth we know, eventually changing or biblical worldview when we aren’t careful.
Paul reminds us in 1 Timothy 6:20 to:
“guard (at all costs) the deposit (the gospel truth) entrusted to you. Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge,”
To “guard” is an action word. It requires actively doing something to protect what we care about. Do you ever think about guarding your faith as something that could be lost, weakened, or taken over? For most of my Christian walk, I didn’t take an active stance to protect my faith, and because I didn’t, I have believed some of the lies the world has offered up about who God is and lies about my own identity in Him.
Friends, the Gospel is so precious! It is what gives us life, purpose and guidance for our day. Protect the Truth you know by being refreshed every morning in God’s Word, making His messages predominant in our lives! And let’s get crazy protective of our time and relationship with the Lord. Friends, He is so eager to talk with you today!
Lord, thank you for your Truth. For you Word that shines a light on the lies the world often offers up about who we are in You. Lord draw us to your side each morning. Wake us up eager to be in your Word and be refreshed in your Truth that helps guard us against the mixed messages we are fed each day. In your precious name, Amen!