As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies (1 Timothy 1:3-4a, ESV)
Isn’t it interesting? Timothy was apparently in a tough situation, but Paul called urged him to stick it out. To stay on, to stay in, and to fight for the truth. To engage in a battle for people’s souls.
So why was it so important to Paul–and to the Lord–that Timothy stay on and battle it out in a tough situation like this?
Not to smugly win a fight.
Not to advance his career or enhance his resume by turning the situation around.
Not so that his party would gain clout or resources.
Why was it so important? Here’s the rest of verse 4.
“which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith.”
Timothy had to stick it out to fight the influence of “different doctrine” and devotion to things that further speculations instead of furthering God’s stewardship.
When God gives me spiritual ministry in people’s lives, He is giving me a stewardship. He is taking what belongs to Him, giving it to me, and saying, “I charge you to look after this.”
God has given me a charge to fulfill, a stewardship. I can only fulfill it as I cling to Him in faith, as I take Him at His Word, as I believe His promises and heed His warnings by faith. He wants to see people’s lives changed. And a stewardship like that is worth some effort. It’s worth sticking it out. It’s going to change people’s lives.
More on what that looks like in my next post.