Marks of a Faithful Servant

A Bible Exposition Of 1 Timothy 4:6-10

A magazine editor named Geoff Colvin wrote a book titled Talent Is Overrated—What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else. The premise of the book is that genetics, while helpful are not what make high performers. So many of the greats weren’t “born that way.” 

Jerry Rice, for example, the greatest football player of all time—was slower in speed tests than top high school athletes. How could the greatest receiver in the history of football be slower than high school students and yet season after season set records?

It wasn’t merely work ethic. Many hard workers are diligent, but never excel. So in 20 years there isn’t much professional progress. Whatever level of expertise you had at the beginning after many years of doing the same thing you are at the same spot.

Colvin’s thesis is that the greatest achievers aren’t the fastest or the smartest in terms of IQ they aren’t the hardest workers, but they are the most focused people who have a discipline practice to achieve an outcome.

Amadeus Mozart was being trained by his father, an accomplished composer and music teacher beginning at age four.

Tiger Woods was trained starting at 7 months of age when he received his first golf club and his father would have him watch him putt for hours when he was a in a highchair… before he could talk.

Many of the greatest chess players in the world have average IQs, some even below average IQs. 

One of the biggest take-a-ways in the book is that we make excuses for why some people make progress and why we don’t. And his point is that progress and a measure of achievement exists if you are willing to work for it.

Many great achievers didn’t have great opportunities, or gifting. They aren’t the highest IQs. They didn’t have a silver spoon in their mouth. But they were focused and disciplined in how they trained to be successful.

What we are going to see in our passage today are some marks of a good minister. Some of the ingredients that make a great pastor (and by way of implication a great Christian).

It isn’t as we will see about your spiritual gifting or lack thereof. It isn’t about your station or calling in life. But a huge factor in your growth will be your personal discipline. Discipline is your level of self-control to achieve a desired outcome. 

Biblically speaking discipline is not optional for the Christian. And spiritual discipline is related to physical discipline, but they are not the same. Spiritual discipline relates to your thought life, your imagination, your desires, and your behavior.

A disciplined Christian brings those things under submission to Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. And it is a key to growth in the Christian life. And for a pastor (or elder) it is a key ingredient to effectiveness. 

We all fall short in many ways. But this topic is vital, and it is such a worthy pursuit. With that being said let’s read our passage together this morning.

1 Timothy 4:6–10—6 In pointing out these things to the brethren, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound doctrine which you have been following. 7 But have nothing to do with worldly fables fit only for old women. On the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness; 8 for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. 9 It is a trustworthy statement deserving full acceptance. 10 For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers.

3 Marks of a Good Servant

     1.His Duty (6)

     2.His Denial (7a)

     3.His Discipline (7b-10)