“As I urged you when I went to Macedonia, remain in Ephesus so that you may command certain people not to teach other doctrine or to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies. These promote empty speculations rather than God’s plan, which operates by faith. Now the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith.” 1 Timothy 1:3-5
It is important that the main thing remain the main thing in your mind. The Apostle Paul warned Timothy, his former apprentice and now pastor of the church in Ephesus, of the natural tendency of people to allow their focus to drift away from what is most important to the trivial. There is something about trivial pursuits that cry out for our attention and time and ultimately displace our focus from that which we were created to do.
Those who follow Jesus have been commission by God and groomed to be “fishers of men.” Our ultimate objective on this earth is to connect people to Jesus Christ while there is still time. Since time is a limited commodity, we dare not allow ourselves “to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies.”
So, what does God say about where your attention should be? He says the “goal of our instruction” is threefold:
- Transform you into people who care about others and their spiritual condition – “love from a pure heart.”
- Challenge you to remain a person of integrity who does not tarnish the gospel message with a ungodly lifestyle – “a good conscience.”
- Encourage and empower you to experience an intimate and up-to-date relationship with Jesus Christ – “a sincere faith.”
Becoming the best “fisher of men” you can become requires faith, preparation, commitment, determination, focus, and passion. Therefore, rather than wasting time with trivial matters, intentionally make decisions today to stay focused on the main things that contribute to your productivity as a “fisher of men.” For example, take time today to
- Invest time studying God’s word.
- Watch and learn from the examples of others.
- Stay alert to God’s Divine appointments.
- Tell someone about Jesus today.