Winter is coming for us in the northern hemisphere, and for those of us who live in areas that are disposed to snow- we know that we will have to drive extra careful on snowy days. You see, snow can easily make your car slide, and if you swerve out of your lane- or worse- out of your road, then you can easily end up in a place you weren’t planning to be. Depending on how serious your swerve- depends if that place is on the side of the road, or in the afterlife.
Swerving is dangerous. It’s dangerous for you, and it’s dangerous for others.
In 1 Timothy, a different kind of swerve is mentioned. A doctrinal swerve.
1 Timothy 1:5 says, “Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:” Pretty simple right. The whole Bible is based on love. Love that comes from a pure heart, good conscience, and sincere faith. The next verse mentions the dangerous swerve.
It says, “From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling;” Basically, we can gather from this verse that if your focus is something other than love from a pure heart, good conscience, and sincere faith- you have swerved. And as we mentioned earlier- Swerving is dangerous, for you and for others.
As Christians, our primary duty is love. Love for God, and love for our neighbor. Every other principle of our lives comes from those two qualities. If we decide to make something our focus, we are in grave danger. Listen to the verse, it says that anything else is vain jangling or empty talk. Doesn’t it remind you of 1 Corinthians 13:1?
“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.”
God has told us, more than once, that if we don’t start from the basis of love, our entire lifestyle is vain. I challenge you, evaluate your purpose and mission in this world. Don’t allow anything to cause you to swerve from the true path. The path of love from a pure heart, good conscience, and sincere faith.