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Hello Friends: 6.14.12- Pursue God

Hello Friends,

The following are some thoughts from 1 Timothy 6 that I’ve geared specifically towards MEN (on this upcoming Father’s Day weekend). But, regardless of your gender, please read on, because these principles are vital for spiritual maturity.

“But you, Timothy, man of God, run from all these evil things, and follow what is right and good. Pursue a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness. Fight the good fight for what we believe. Hold tightly to the eternal life that God has given you, which you have confessed so well before many witnesses.” 

1 Timothy 6:11,12

When this was written Paul was in his latter years of life and ministry and his desire was to “finish strong,” which included passing the baton to the emerging generation. The wisdom he imparted to this young pastor named Timothy is mandatory for every man that desires to be known as a “man of God.”

Flee
In other words, Paul is saying: run fast and far! Don’t hang around with anything or anyone that would compromise your walk with Jesus. In the text surrounding this passage we discover what Timothy, and the rest of us, are to flee from: false doctrines, constant friction, and foolish desires.

These are the things that will not get you where you want to go. They will keep you from an effective and fruit-filled Christian journey.

Run in the same way that Joseph ran away from Potipher’s wife in the Book of Genesis. His future was shaped by his fortitude and determination in the challenges that were presented.  Paul reiterates in his second letter to Timothy by saying: “Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace…” (2:22).

Follow

It’s simply not enough to just run away – we must now run towards God! Pursue or follow after that which will fill you up spiritually.

The text tells us to pursue:
      • Righteousness (what is right and good)
      • Godliness (the realities of a Godly life)
      • Faith (trust and dependence upon the Lord)
      • Love (the most powerful mark of a Christian)
      • Endurance (perseverance)

      • Gentleness (the heart of God expressed)

The test of human character is in the making of critical choices such as these. God wants to construct a character in us based upon the truth of His Word and upon Godly traits. We must consistently keep “choosing wisely” and following hard after God.

“Your challenge will not be separating out the good from the bad,
but in grabbing the best out of all the possible good.” 
Gordon MacDonald in Ordering Your Private World

Fight

Paul uses imagery such as  “strain, press on, and fight” often. The Christian journey is not a “cakewalk” – it’s a battle of biblical proportions! The fight between sin and righteousness is huge and it affects every Christian regardless of age or stature.

We are called to run away from sin (FLEE) then to pursue the things of God with all our hearts (FOLLOW). In this adventure expect a challenge to your soul (FIGHT) and understand that it won’t be easy, and cannot be avoided.

Face it head on. Don’t be apathetic or indifferent.

Guys, in particular, can be associated with spiritual passivity and detachment, but I believe there is more in the heart of a man – we were made for the fight!  John Eldridge, in Wild at Heart, says that men need “a battle to fight, a beauty to rescue, and an adventure to live!”

Let’s take up Paul’s challenge to Timothy as our own. Let’s take hold of the life we were meant to live!

Blessings,

John
Twitter: @johnfehlen

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