Paul has given Timothy some behaviors and people to avoid, including the love of money. “But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness”(1 Tim 6:11). Timothy’s life should not be about money and conflict, but about faith and love and kindness. To live godly we must flee certain things—running from them in fear—and pursue others—diligently tracking them down and consistently disciplining our behavior. The ultimate destination of our lives is determined by the things we flee and those we pursue.
As he closes the letter, Paul wants Timothy to keep teaching. “Fight the good fight of the faith”(1 Tim 6:12). “As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy”(1 Tim 6:17). Most of all, Timothy must remember that his work will be judged by Jesus, “the King of kings and Lord of lords”(1 Tim 6:15).
Fleeing and pursuing gives emphasis to what we dwell on, focus on, and allow to influence us. Following Jesus will take conscious rejection of things that are evil; we must say no. But there are positive things to pursue that will occupy each day and each spare moment. These little decisions add up to become the direction our lives are heading.
------------- One Thing to Think About: What will I flee—and what will I pursue—today?
One Thing to Pray For: Courage and strength to pursue what is good
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