If you aim at nothing, it has often been said, you will hit it every time. And if you don’t know where you are going, you are certain to end up there.
In 1 Timothy 1:5, Timothy gets a statement of God’s goals for His ministry in Ephesus. The statement is clear, concise, and compelling. God has entrusted Timothy with a stewardship (1 Tim. 1:4) and given Him a charge to faithfully continue ministering even in the face of opposing error. Now, He gives Timothy the goal of that charge.
The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. (1 Timothy 1:5, ESV)
What stewardship has God given you? God has given me 95 students this semester. Here’s the goal of His charge to me.
- He wants them to grow in love.
Not a selfish love.
Not a “love” that is all appearance and talk without action.
Instead, a true Christian love, spring from a pure heart; motivated and energized by the Gospel.
- He wants them to have a good conscience.
Void of offense toward God and man; cleared of any past offenses.
One that doesn’t accuse them.
One that is not seared and hardened.
One that is liberated by Christ, sprinkled clean and resting in the merits of Christ.
- He wants them to have a sincere faith.
Not a faked faith.
Not a lip-service faith.
Not halfway faith.
But a genuine, deep, growing faith in God and His promises.
A true and living faith that evidences itself through works.
Those are big goals. But we shouldn’t be surprised by that. We serve a big God. These goals come straight from Him.