6 High Speed Pursuits of Godly Men
But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. — 1 Timothy 6:11
In a short recap, Paul has just told Timothy to watch out for bad teaching and teachers who desire deceptive gains. And now he gives him this command to "flee," or run away from these people and their teaching. But then Paul adds a counteraction here. It's not only a command to flee from bad action, bad people, and bad teaching but also a simultaneous pursuit of good action.
This is the thing I think many believers get wrong. They try to merely stop something without starting something new. And this is important because desires never remain in a neutral state. If you want to stop doing something, you must run from it and start running to something else. It's a stop with a start. It's a flee with a pursuit. I always think of it like two cars passing each other on a narrow stretch of road traveling at 60 mph. We flee from one thing at 60 mph and pursue another at 60 mph, but as we pass, we increase our distance from one another at 120 mph. That thing is in the rearview mirror getting further from us a twice the speed because we are pursuing something new.
So Paul tells Timothy to pursue six things:
- Righteousness which is proper conduct toward people.
- Godliness which is obedience to God.
- Faith which is complete trust in God.
- Love which is benevolence toward people.
- Steadfastness which is staying power.
- Gentleness which is being mild in a manner with challenging people.
So maybe there is something you need to stop doing. Flee it. But the better question is, is there something on this list you need to start doing? If so, pursue it. And in doing so, you will watch your desires change at twice the speed.
ASK THIS: Is there something you need to stop and start doing?
DO THIS: Share it and pursue it.
PRAY THIS: God, increase my distance at twice the speed. Receive my flee and pursuit as a sacrifice to you.
PLAY THIS: All Praise.
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