As Paul begins this first letter to his young disciple, he tries to clarify the correct attitude to have in ministry. Timothy is about to embark on a new adventure as pastor of the church at Ephesus. Paul tries to help him discern the true from the false. Several teachers in the city are using myths and genealogies to deter God's people from the truth. They are prideful and talk consistently while saying nothing. They sound good, but in reality, they are just blowing hot air. Paul, then, reminds Timothy of how to be the best pastor he can be. He tells him that "Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am the foremost of all." The Apostle's clear exhortation is for Timothy to see himself as he really is and not as the people say he is. Pride has no place in ministry of any kind and will destroy it and devastate large numbers of people. Humility always remembers from whence I came and helps me strive to meet the needs of others before my own. As a pastor, Timothy had to learn to do just that if he was going to be effective in ministry. This is a powerful lesson for each of us to learn. God has called all of His children to live humbly always ready to meet the needs of those around them. As you worship today, strive to be that humble servant who understands that he/she does not deserve to minister meaning it is only by God's grace that we can.

Help me, Lord, to throw off the pride that will destroy me and any ministry I am involved in. Help me to walk humbly with You knowing it is because of You that I can love people and meet their needs.