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The “R’s” Part Three

March 19, 2009

Reliability

Phil. 2:19-23

“Timothy has proved himself . . .”

In a world that is so erratic and shaky, things that are reliable can be rare.  In my ministry travels I have often shared about identity and understanding who we are.  If we place our identity in anything other than Christ, we are on shaky ground because everything else can change or be taken away.  But once we find through faith in Christ that have been adopted as children of the most high God and that is who we are (1 John 3:1), then we need to begin to live out that new nature that has been placed in us.  Being reliable has to do with pursuing and living “God Interests”.  It’s putting others first, looking out for the needs of others, and obeying God’s commands.  This was Timothy.  He was reliable.  The passage states, “I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news  about you. I have no one else like him, who takes a genuine interest in your welfare. For everyone looks out for his own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel.”

We as a culture are trained to look out for number one.  We are taught that YOU can be and do anything that You desire. Our society pushes gaining wealth and materials for YOU.   That lifestyle will fail you and others.  But if we pursue God with a passion and live to serve Him, we will please Him and have a powerful impact in the lives of people.  We will become reliable.

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2 Comments
  1. John Hobbs permalink

    Awesome post. Don’t we know everything else can change in a moment. I heard about the death of actress Natasha Richardson this morning riding in the car. I was overwhelmed with grief and compassion for her family. That may sound silly, but the awareness of the frailty of life is never more present than in the midst of death. On Christ the solid Rock I stand, All other ground is sinking sand! Love ya Scott, my brother.

  2. Amen, Scott! I have to agree with you and John. Scott, you’re so right on in your assessment, not only about how quickly things can change and do, but in the fact that unless we are firmly grounded in the Rock, in whom there is absolute faithfulness, then we are relying on the wrong thing. It’s evident in our nation and society today. We rely on ourselves and the human soul, the government,looking out for number one, rather than having a personal, passionate relationship with Jesus in whom is our total provision and absolute reliance!
    All hail the power of Jesus name! Love, Doug

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