God our Savior, wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
1 Timothy 2:4
Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and in so doing have wandered from the faith.1 Timothy 6:20
In his letter to Timothy, Paul:
- taught on grace and faith
- warned against false teachers
- encouraged prayer, worship and scripture reading
- gave guidelines for overseers and deacons
- urged use of spiritual gifts
- advised guarding righteousness and fleeing temptation
Paul knew from his debates with philosophers at the Aeropegas in Greece that bright and shiny new ideas can sometimes lead us astray. He warned Timothy not to get involved with controversies that divide rather than unite.
The Internet is an exchange place of ideas both good and bad. The cause of Christ can fade beneath the constant friction that promotes high traffic. The pursuit of righteousness, godliness, and faith are often drowned out by meaningless chatter on Facebook and Twitter. A pure heart, sincere faith and a clear conscience wrestle with malware and pornography lurking beneath the surface. It is so easy to get carried away.
When I think of my wandering heart I remember the hymn “Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing.” Robert Robinson was saved on December 10, 1755. Three years later, at the age of twenty three, he wrote these words.
Prone to wander. Lord I feel it. Prone to leave the God I love.
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for they courts above.
Lord, my attention span is so short. Save me from my wandering eyes. Protect me from false ideas. You are the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through you. May I never stray from you. Thank you for your mercy and grace. In Jesus Name I pray.
From the archives. Originally published December 9, 2009.