I urge You

Scripture: 1 Timothy 2:1-7

 

 I urge you. I encourage you. I challenge you. I charge you. I beg you. I plead with you. I appeal to you. I’m asking you. Wow! That’s a lot urging.

Sometimes it takes a lot to get people to do things.

One dental worker said: At the busy dental office where I work, one patient was always late. Once when I called to confirm an appointment, he said, "I’ll be about 15 minutes late. That won’t be a problem, will it?"

"No," I told him. "We just won’t have time to give you an anesthetic. "He arrived early.

The idea of suffering pain was a pretty good motivation. That’s always a good motivator! Most of us don’t like pain!

Fun seeking what motivates people to stand 10 Hours to get on the new Harry Potter ride? Or Bungee jumping?

What do you think the biggest motivator is in this world today? Why we want that MBA, that promotion? Why we do what we do for 40 hours each week? Money that all important paycheck.

Money is also a good motivator. As the bumper sticker reads: “Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to work I go.” Or it’s more like, “I owe, I owe, so it’s off to work I go.”

What motivates us today?

A shop owner placed a sign above his door that said: ‘Puppies For Sale.’

Signs like this always have a way of attracting young children, and to no surprise, a boy saw the sign and approached the owner; ‘How much are you going to sell the puppies for?’ he asked.

The store owner replied, ‘Anywhere from $30 to $50.’

 

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The little boy pulled out some change from his pocket. ‘I have $2.37,’ he said. ‘Can I please look at them?’                                                                                                                    

The shop owner smiled and whistled. Out of the kennel came Lady, who ran down the aisle of his shop followed by five teeny, tiny balls of fur.

One puppy was lagging considerably behind. Immediately the little boy singled out the lagging, limping puppy and said, ‘What’s wrong with that little dog?’

The shop owner explained that the veterinarian had examined the little puppy and had discovered it didn’t have a hip socket. It would always limp. It would always be lame.

The little boy became excited. ‘That is the puppy that I want to buy.’

The shop owner said, ‘No, you don’t want to buy that little dog. If you really want him, I’ll just give him to you.’

The little boy got quite upset. He looked straight into the store owner’s eyes, pointing his finger, and said;

‘I don’t want you to give him to me. That little dog is worth every bit as much as all the other dogs and I’ll pay full price. In fact, I’ll give you $2.37 now, and 50 cents a month until I have him paid for.’

The shop owner countered, ‘You really don’t want to buy this little dog. He is never going to be able to run and jump and play with you like the other puppies.’

To his surprise, the little boy reached down and rolled up his pant leg to reveal a badly twisted, crippled left leg supported by a big metal brace. He looked up at the shop owner and softly replied, ‘Well, I don’t run so well myself, and the little puppy will need someone who understands!'”

What we can learn from our children? As Timothy stated, “I urge you to be Godly” What does it take to do good, What does it take to move us from Hate to understanding to compassion for each other as Jesus urges us.

On a Western Airlines flight to San Francisco, fried chicken tycoon Col. Harland Sanders, at age 89, had made himself agreeable to staff and fellow passengers, then dropped his chin to his narrow black tie and closed his eyes. Somewhere in the back of the plane a child had been shrieking for some time.

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 One stewardess told another helplessly, "I’ve tried candy, books and games, but nothing seems to make any difference."

"I’ve got to speak to that child," said the colonel. He rose to his feet and, with the aid of his cane, made his way back. The staff watched and shrugged, as if to say, "What can he do?"

When the colonel came back, not long afterward, his charm had produced a minor miracle. There was only the sound of chatter and newspapers. The stewardess came up to him and said, "Thank you for helping us, Colonel."

"I didn’t do it for you," he replied. "I did it for the child." And he closed his eyes again and settled down. HE DID IT FOR A CHILD.

Children should motivate us to do good in life; at least, to do good for them. Our own children and others.                                                                                                                     

Motivation makes the difference. And the Lord’s word should be enough to motivate us to do certain things in life but sometimes it takes even more motivation. God’s Word urges us to do good in life.

PROP.- God urged Timothy through Paul to do certain things:

1- I urge you to pray

2- I urge you to be godly

3- I urge you to seek salvation

I. I URGE YOU TO PRAY

Timothy 2:1 “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— 2for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness”.

I urge you to pray! We shouldn’t have to be urged to pray. It should come naturally for the child of God. We should want to pray. We should want to talk to God constantly.

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 A little girl came home from a neighbor’s house where her little friend had died. "Why did you go?" questioned her father. "To comfort her mother," said the child. "What could you do to comfort her?" "I climbed into her lap and cried with her."

How could you not want to talk to someone who would do this for you/with you? How could you not want to talk to one who would always sympathize with you and even cry with you?

Hebrews 4:14-16 “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

Did you get the message? Since Jesus was tempted just as we are, He knows what we’re going through! He knows how it is down here!

Consequently, He understands, and He is completely compassionate. He is quick to cry with us, demonstrate mercy and give us grace. WHY WOULD WE NOT WANT TO TALK TO HIM? He’s even better than the best friend you now have!

When Robert Louis Stevenson was a boy he once remarked to his mother, "Momma, you can’t be good without praying." "How do you know, Robert?" she asked. "Because I’ve tried!" he answered.

I agree. I don’t think any of us can be what God wants us to be without prayer. Our relationship with God calls for prayer, much prayer. Much time alone with Him. We need Him to be good!

I have a spot in our Kitchen our coffee bar that is my go-to spot to pray and listen. To read and stay quiet.

I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone.

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Not only should we be talking to God about what concerns us but also what concerns others!

Ephesians 6:18 “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”

Colossians 4:2-4 “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.”

I get the impression that we ought to be praying all the time for everybody we can. We should be praying for people who are sick, hurting, hungry, crying, needing Christ, etc.

We should be asking God on the behalf of others! We should be asking God’s blessing and help on people. And when we pray for others, God will act!

We need to intercede on behalf of others. Intercede? What’s that? It’s like being a lawyer on someone’s behalf in a court of law only in this case you plead to God for them! And your pleading in the name of Jesus will do better than any lawyer, in any courtroom, pleading to win his case. WHY? BECAUSE WE HAVE A LOVING, COMPASSIONATE FATHER!

Matthew 7:11 “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”

I urge you to pray and pray more than you ever have in your life!

II. I URGE YOU TO BE GODLY

1I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

 

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Pray that we may live peaceful and quiet lives IN ALL GODLINESS AND HOLINESS. I think God wants us to be holy or godly. He wants to be better people than we now are! But this is not an easy task given the world we live in. Why? Because we don’t live in a very nice world.

A story is told about a soldier who was finally coming home after having fought in Vietnam.

He called his parents from San Francisco.

“Mom and Dad, I’m coming home, but I’ve got a favor to ask. I have a friend I’d like to bring with me.”

“Sure,” they replied, “we’d love to meet him.”

“There’s something you should know the son continued, “he was hurt pretty badly in the fighting. He stepped on a land mined and lost an arm and a leg. He has nowhere else to go, and I want him to come live with us.”

“I’m sorry to hear that, son. Maybe we can help him find somewhere to live.”

“No, Mom and Dad, I want him to live with us.”

“Son,” said the father, “you don’t know what you’re asking. Someone with such a handicap would be a terrible burden on us. We have our own lives to live, and we can’t let something like this interfere with our lives. I think you should just come home and forget about this guy. He’ll find a way to live on his own.”

At that point, the son hung up the phone. The parents heard nothing more from him. A few days later, however, they received a call from the San Francisco police. Their son had died after falling from a building, they were told. The police believed it was suicide. The grief-stricken parents flew to San Francisco to make the funeral arrangements and to their horror they also discovered something they didn’t know, their son had only one arm and one leg.

Thankfully, there’s someone who won’t treat us that way. Someone who loves us with an unconditional love that welcomes us into the forever family, regardless of

 

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how messed up we are. Jesus Christ or father our savior our redeemer our only hope!

This day pray that God will give you the strength you need to accept people as they are, and to help us all be more understanding of those who are different from us!!! To become more tenderhearted, grow compassion within your own family. Where you work, go to school, in your everyday actions. Be a friend when it not easy to be one!

There’s a miracle called -Friendship- that dwells in the heart. You don’t know how it happens or when it gets started. But you know the special lift It always brings, and you realize that Friendship Is God’s most precious gift!

Friends are a very rare jewel, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear, they share a word of praise, and they always want to open their hearts to us.

Goodness and godliness don’t come easy to us. We’ve been stained by Adam and Eve’s sin. It’s easy to sin, but it’s much more difficult to be holy . It’s easier to be a sinner than to be a saint.

Paul said that we should pray in such a way as to develop holiness or godliness in us. We need to pray for the right atmosphere where these things can be accomplished.

What kind of atmosphere is needed for godliness and holiness to grow or take place? I’m not sure a rock concert would be a good place to become more holy nor the Indy 500 nor a bar, etc.

Psalm 37:7 “Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.”

Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."

Holiness or godliness cannot be acquired in a noisy atmosphere or a nasty world. We must be alone with God for Him to rub off on us. We must be with Him for us to become holy.

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Take time to be holy.

The world rushes on.

Much time spend in secret with Jesus alone.

By looking to Jesus, Like Him thou shalt be.

Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see.

I urge you to work at becoming godly.                                                                                   

III. I URGE YOU TO SEEK SALVATION

3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6who gave himself as a ransom for all men—the testimony given in its proper time. 7And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lying—and a teacher of the true faith to the Gentiles.

God wants all people to be saved in Jesus, which means to believe the truth of His Word. How are we going to get the job done? God is urging to seek the salvation of all mankind! What are we going to do about it?

Perhaps this news item will help us in this department. Do you remember golf great Tom Watson? Here is what he said about his fellow golf great, Tiger Woods. Golf legend Tom Watson says Tiger Woods needs to "clean up his act" and show some humility in public when he returns to the circuit after sorting out his tangled personal life.

"Tiger has to take ownership of what he has done," said the 60-year-old. "He must get his personal life in order. I think that’s what he’s trying to do. And when he comes back he has to show some humility to the public. I would come out and I would do an interview with somebody and say, `You know what? I messed up. And I admit it. I am going to try to change. I am trying to change. I want my wife and family back."

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Watson, who dueled with fellow legend Jack Nicklaus at the peak of his career, also criticized Woods for his behavior on the course, upbraiding him for bad language and angry outbursts.

"I feel that he has not carried the same stature that other great players that have come along like Jack (Nicklaus), Arnold (Palmer), Byron Nelson, the Hogan’s, in the sense that there was language and club throwing on the golf course,"

Watson went on: "I think he needs to clean up his act and show the respect for the game that other people before him have shown."

I think Tom Watson is very straight and very powerful in what he is advising Tiger Woods to do in order to get his life in order. HOWEVER, THERE IS SOMETHING BETTER. Someone else did better, gave better advice.

Do you remember when Fox news analyst, Brit Hume, pointed Tiger Woods to Christ? Hume said, “I think that Jesus Christ offers something that Tiger Woods badly needs.” ISN’T THIS THE TRUTH OF ALL TRUTHES? Amen. And it’s what we need to do with every lost human soul we know! We need to point them to Christ as the only Savior of the world! I urge you to seek the salvation of lost people by pointing them to Jesus!

CONCLUSION------------------------

We were the only family with children in the restaurant. I sat Erik in a highchair and noticed everyone was quietly eating and talking. Suddenly, Erik squealed with glee and said, “Hi there.” He pounded his fat baby hands on the high-chair tray. His eyes were wide with excitement and his mouth was borne in a toothless grin. He then, wriggled and giggled with pure joy

I looked around and saw the source of his joy. It was a man with a tattered rag of a coat; dirty, greasy and worn. His pants were baggy with and his toes poked out of would-be shoes. His shirt was dirty, and his hair was uncombed and unwashed. His whiskers were too short to be called a beard and his nose was so varicose it looked like a road map.

His hands waved and flapped on loose wrists. “Hi there, baby; hi there, big boy. I see ya, buster,” the man said to Erik. My husband and I exchanged looks, “What do we do?”

Erik continued to laugh and answer, “Hi, hi there.” Everyone in the restaurant noticed and looked at us and then at the man. The old geezer was creating a nuisance with my beautiful baby.

Our meal came and the man began shouting from across the room, “Do ya know patty cake? Do you know peek-a-boo? Hey, look, he knows peek-a-boo.” Nobody thought the old man was cute.  My husband and I were embarrassed. We ate in silence; all except for Erik, who was running through his repertoire for the admiring skid-row old man, who in turn, showered Eric with his cute comments.

We finally got through the meal and headed for the door. My husband went to pay the check and told me to meet him in the parking lot. The old man sat poised between me and the door. “Lord, just let me out of here before he speaks to me or Erik,” I prayed.

As I drew closer to the man, I turned my back trying to side-step him and avoid any air he might be breathing. As I did, Erik leaned over my arm, reaching with both arms in a baby’s “pick-me-up” position.

Before I could stop him, Erik had propelled himself from my arms to the man’s.

Suddenly a very old dirty man and a very young baby consummated their love relationship. Erik in an act of total trust, love, and submission laid his tiny head upon the man’s ragged shoulder. The man’s eyes closed, and I saw tears hover beneath his lashes. His aged hands full of grime, pain, and hard labor — gently, so gently, cradled my baby’s bottom and stroked his back.

No two beings have ever loved so deeply for so short a time.

I stood awestruck. The old man rocked and cradled Erik in his arms for a moment, and then his eyes opened and set squarely on mine. He said in a firm commanding voice, “You take care of this baby.”

Somehow, I managed, “I will,” from a throat that contained a stone.

He pried Erik from his chest — unwillingly, longingly, as though he were in pain. I received my baby, and the man said, “God bless you, ma’am, you’ve given me my Christmas gift.”

I said nothing more than a muttered thanks. With Erik in my arms, I ran for the car. My husband was wondering why I was crying and holding Erik so tightly, and why I was saying, “My God, my God, forgive me.”

I had just witnessed Christ’s love shown through the innocence of a tiny child who saw no sin, who made no judgment; a child who saw a soul, and a mother who saw a suit of clothes. I was a Christian who was blind, holding a child who was not. I felt it was God asking — “Are you willing to share your son for a moment?” — when He shared my son for all eternity.

The ragged old man, unwittingly, had reminded me, “To enter the Kingdom of God, we must become as little children.”

Motivation to become what Jesus wants us to be!

Summary: God urged Timothy through Paul to do certain things: 1- I urge you to pray 2- I urge you to be godly 3- I urge you to seek salvation

In Jesus Name

Amen!