This And This Only

This And This Only

08 December 2010

Today’s Reading: 1 Timothy 1-4


This and this only has been my appointed work: getting this news to those who have never heard of God, and explaining how it works by simple faith and plain truth. (1 Timothy 2:7 MSG)

Paul was such a gifted man! He was white-collar educated and blue-collar skilled. He was articulate and persuasive. And he was put-your-life-on-the-line committed to God’s purpose for his life. Paul lived to fulfill his “This and this only!”

I’m a generalist. In fact, both my wife Jean and I are generalists. We see a fairly broad picture of things. We have a range of talents in which we’ve developed some degree of skill. But we’re generalists. Last week we were talking about a project we’re working on and we thought about a couple of specialists we know who only and ever think about one thing. I almost never only think about one thing!

Maybe that’s why Paul is such a challenging example to me. He was multi-gifted and concerned about many things but managed to bring all his energy to bear on his “This and this only!”


Father, I want to fulfill my “This and this only.” I love to serve and I serve to love, but please work in me the ability to know my “this and this only” and not let generalism keep me from getting it done. When I stand in your presence and give my final report on the life you gave me, may I be able to say, “This and this only.” Amen.

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