40 days of Service Blog
April 7, 2017, 6:13 AM

40 Days of Service Day 33


Morning Prayer: Lord, how can I serve others today?

Scripture: 2 Timothy 2:22-26

Everybody seems to want to argue these days. Paul wars Timothy, “Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments.” What qualifies as foolish and stupid? Foolish meant that it was something unproductive or unfruitful. The servant of God is supposed to be planting seeds that would produce a harvest of salvation. Foolish arguments do not lead to a harvest. The word stupid means uneducated or unstudied. These kinds of arguments are based on opinions and not substantiated biblical truths. The thing about opinions, is everybody has one. In a church of 100 people you will have 100 opinions including the pastor/teacher.

These two types of arguments lead to quarrels, “And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel.” Instead of fighting, Paul suggest, “Be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.” Timothy was called to be a teacher of the whole church, not just those who shared his opinions. As a servant of the Lord you must understand that there will be opposition. Paul even believes that this opposition comes from the devil. His words of wisdom for Timothy was to gently instruct those who oppose you. The devil’s desire is to cause quarrels in the body of Christ. He wants to divide the church. The way he does this is through foolish and stupid arguments. The Lord’s servants must be humble to overcome these attacks.