A Very Good Word! This morning in my devotion time – these two verses really impacted me! 11 But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” 1 Timothy 6:10-11
Get Away From That Stuff! Verse 11 begins by telling us to “flee from these things, you man of God!” We have to make a choice in this life – Who or what are we going to pursue? When it says to flee from these things, it is talking about the wasted arguments for dominance, pursuit of riches and personal satisfaction that is talked about in the earlier verses. We can pursue self or God. Pursue self and you will lose yourself! Pursue God and you will find yourself and so much more!
How To Pursue God! If you want to pursue God, then you must chase after the stuff of God! We have been given a list to get us started! (righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness.) Impressive list! Think about how your life would change if these were the things that you put your energy into pursuing!
It’s Not Easy! We can’t pursue God without a fight and our fight is not with Him, but with the world and often times ourselves! We need to “take hold of our eternal life” and appreciate it for all of the amazing gift that it is!
We Can Do This! Nobody ever said that the Christian life would be easy, but it can be full of blessing – if we will take the time to live in surrender to Jesus.