Dear Friend of Vision
“But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.” 1 Ti. 1:5) part 1
I have always been very goal oriented. Part of my motivation for achieving a goal, winning a race, accomplishing a task is a deficit motivation. That is, I wanted to prove to naysayers that I would amount to something in this world. Thankfully, that was not my only motivator…as I had a call of God on my life from an early age (12) to serve the Lord, and fulfill some sort of spiritual destiny. Goals are good things, especially Godly goals, such as the goals that were no doubt discussed between Paul and his son in the Lord Timothy.
Timothy, as a disciple of Paul, was taught by Paul. He had this in mind when he taught Timothy and he expected Timothy to have the same goal. That goal is outlined as love, a good conscience, and a sincere faith. This speaks to me about change or transformation from the inside out. The goal of teaching is not just the dissemination of information, but to produce wisdom and change.
Every preacher or teacher, in the process of communicating truth, must learn to teach students with a focus on change…maturity and fulfillment of destiny. More on this in our next session.