1 Timothy 4
Notes on Attitude
ATTITUDE - 1). The false teachers consciences were seared as with a hot iron. (v.2) The is an image of being completely deformed and ruined. They played with fire and found themselves burned. They didn’t even realize that they were wrong because they had allowed themselves to stray so far from the truth. We must be careful to stay clear of sin because the longer we play with it, the worse our conscience becomes in helping us abstain from wrong choices. Many people in sin don’t even realize the dangerous place they are in. 2). Timothy wasn’t supposed to be discouraged because others might look down on him for being young. (v.12) As a young leader, he might have been intimidated by others who thought he was too young to lead. Paul dismissed that quickly and said that Timothy could be a great leader by setting a good example. Rather than be afraid because of their judgements, he should've risen up and lived as the Godly leader he was called to be. We can’t allow people’s expectations for us determine our behavior. 3). Paul told Timothy not to neglect his gift. (v.14) We can assume that his gift was leading through teaching and preaching, which was mentioned in the verse immediately before that statement. Though a wonderful gift, very needed in the church then and today, Paul was certain to remind him not to neglect it. Sometimes when we are gifted, we may feel like we don’t have to work much to improve. But our attitude should be to constantly get better at the gift in our lives and grow in it until the day we see Christ in the end. Timothy shouldn’t have neglected his gift, and neither should we. 4). Paul told Timothy to be diligent in becoming a strong leader. (v.15) He knew that Timothy would be respected as a leader, even a young one, if he showed that he was serious about his role and was constantly improving and becoming better. Regardless of where we are at in the leadership abilities in our lives, we can always be strong leaders if we are diligent about becoming better. What are we doing to become better leaders today?