Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.
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.
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.”
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).
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.
• 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
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!”