Wow, what a chapter. I think the title “Instructions on worship” does not even cover everything that Paul has to say in 1 Timothy 2.
- Give thanks
One important takeaway point is that God wants everyone to give thanks, to praise, and to acknowledge him, no matter their status or position in life. This encompasses all “kings and those in high positions” to lowly servants. Paul emphasises that there is only one God, and one mediator – Jesus Christ – who enables us to have a direct, loving relationship with God.
2. Pray earnestly and honestly
In tandem with worshipping God, what matters most is that we pray earnestly and honestly, without anger or dispute (v 8). When we pray, we must keep our attitude in check. We shouldn’t pray just because we are angry at the way things work in the world, or because we want God to help us during our insignificant human disputes. Rather, we should pray about important things – like spreading the gospel, the health of the church, and our personal spiritual relationship with God.
3. Ladies – represent God with your outer image.
To be honest, I struggled with coming to terms with verses 9-12 of this chapter. As a feminist woman in the 21st century, I instantly jumped to negative conclusions when I read that woman are to “dress modestly, with decency and propriety”, and “learn in quietness and full submission.”
I think the point is, if we are too caught up with whether we are wearing clothes that are in style, and with the way we are perceived by others in a materialistic or self-absorbed sense, our attention detracts from glorifying and honouring God to glorifying and honouring ourselves. Again, its an attitudinal issue. According to 1 Peter 3:4:
Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.
Despite this chapter being comparatively short, it actually covers a great deal of what it means to be a Christian. Its my goal to take heed of these 3 points and to use them in my daily life.