1 Timothy 3:14-16 (NIV)
Although I hope
to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that, if I
am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in
God's household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and
foundation of the truth.
People from a royal family do not conduct themselves irrationally. They
carry themselves with dignity and they conduct themselves with decorum
and excellence. They know they are different and special and they think,
talk and behave that way. You are a chosen royal priest, called out of
darkness to show forth God's light, 1Pet.2:9 (NLT). One of our major
responsibilities as God's chosen people is to reflect God's light and
glorious nature to the world. When the Bible speaks about truth, it is
referring to the knowledge of God (1Tim.2:4), sincerity/ integrity/
honesty (Psa.51:6), justice (Isa.59:14), the ways of God (Psa.25:5) and
the person of Christ (John 8:32, John 14:6).
Truth is a major part of our armour as soldiers in God's army, Eph.6:14.
Without it, every other part of the armour will hang loose. God wants
us, His children, to be rooted and grounded in all that His truth
represents because we are the pillar and foundation of truth. He doesn't
want us tohave anything to hide and He wants us to be blameless before
the world, Phil.2:12-15. He wants us to preach the truth always,
2Tim.4:2. We must love God's truth and hate all evil and falsehood, John
3:19-21, Heb.1:9. Jesus calls the Holy Spirit the Spirit of Truth (John
14:17, John 16:13) because He guides us, teaches us and He anoints and
empowers us to be established in all that God's truth represents,
Eph.5:9. As spiritual leaders, we must do what Apostle Paul did in our
text above. We must never assume that people we lead know and are
walking in the truth; we must always be sure that they know the truth by
praying for them, teaching them and exemplifying God's truth before
PRAYER: Dear Father, empower me by Your Spirit to know You,
to be sincere, to walk in Your ways and grow in the fullness of Christ.