Scripture to Read: 1 Timothy 5:24-25
Through Paul, God gives a final warning to Timothy (and all of us) about all people. God says that some people’s sins are incredibly obvious. For instance, if someone sins through anger, wrath, malice, slander, or abusive speech, then everyone can spot those sins easily. God wants us to know that those people should not be placed in any leadership position within the church (the body of Christ). God also points out that some people’s sins are not as quickly noticed and will not be revealed until later on. For instance, a high-functioning alcoholic can be addicted to alcohol but still function in society where no one knows they are an alcoholic. Someone can live an immoral life in private and be addicted to pornography, but no one knows it because they keep it well hidden. God says that their sins will eventually be revealed, but for now they have their sins hidden. We know all sins will come to light because sin always results in death (Romans 5:12; Romans 6:16; Romans 6:21; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:6; Galatians 6:8; James 1:15). God also points out that good works can be fully evident so that those who are walking with Christ will live differently from those who are still lost in their sin. God gives this to Timothy (and us), so caution is taken before appointing people to leadership positions. We must pray for discernment and seek God to make sure that everyone placed into leadership positions are chosen and called by God.
Challenge & Application
1. What did God teach you today about sin, good works, and placing people into leadership rolls?
2. How are you guarding your heart from allowing hidden sins to creep into your life? (read Psalms 119:9, 11)
Don’t forget to pray using the A.C.T.S. (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) method!