Sometimes we as Christians get so caught up in “ministry” and pursuing life itself that we forget to take care of our own passions and our own spiritual walk with God. Too many times we give out so much and neglect to slow down to listen and follow God’s plan for us as individuals.
Paul gave counsel to Timothy 4:16 to keep a close watch on yourself. While caring for the needs of his people, Timothy needed to care for himself as well.
1 Timothy 4:16 (KJV)
16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shall both save thyself, and them that hear thee.
In this passage Paul gives four admonitions to Timothy that, if obeyed, would assure him success in his ministry and a continued testimony as a Man of God.
To Follow; the Greek word translated to “follow or pursue” “to go after”.
It means to run after; to run swiftly after; to hotly pursue; to seek eagerly and earnestly. It has the idea of aiming at and pursuing until something is gained; of never giving up until we have reached our goal.
According to Paul There are six things the man of God is to hotly pursue, righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.
Make a mental list of these qualities. There are only six of them. Ask yourself this question. “Is this happening in my life?” There are no more practical guidelines in the Scriptures than Paul’s words in his Second letter to the Corinthians, “Examine yourselves whether you be in the faith or not,” (2 Cor 13:5).
Don’t count your service to God as your only means to follow God. Following God is a personal devotion of commitment in every part of your life. Don’t neglect yourself in the processes of helping others.