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 2
As teachers of the word, as Bishop Timothy was in Ephesus, or spiritual leaders such as pastors in local congregations, it is easy to get off track. We can get so caught up in the day to day life of administration, counseling, etc., and thus miss the main event we are to be focused on…teaching to produce transformation.
It seems as though Paul’s expectation of Timothy was to see people change, from the inside out. The first change was a change of heart. The heart would be flooded with love, thus changing the normal orientation of a believer from self to God and others. Further, one’s very affections would be centered on whatever God wants…finding out what pleases the Lord.
Secondly, our conscience, knowledge of right and wrong, and the ability to choose what is right is renewed. A good conscience is one who’s mind is lined up in unity with the Word of God, literally becoming God conscious rather than self-conscious. This can be difficult in the millennial generation, so often over indulged with self-esteem that they have no esteem for God or anyone else.
Finally, a faithful faith is a faith that is outwardly focused, and faithful in all its actions. In other words, our goal is maturity. It was Paul’s goal, no doubt Jesus goal for his disciples, and must be our goal for the next generation. May the Lord help us stay focused on the goal.