“But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness” (1 Timothy 6:11). A “faithful man” is a “man of God”.
There are certain things that a “faithful man” or a “man of God” pursues because he is fleeing other things at the same time. I often tell younger men who I mentor that there is one state of mind and heart you never want to be in; ‘neutral’! If a vehicle is in neutral with no brakes, it can either roll forward or backward. Paul wanted Timothy to “flee” the “evils” that come from “the love of money” (6:10). “It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.” (1 Timothy 6:10). Notice the phrase, “some have wandered away from the faith.” This means to “no longer believe what is true, but to start believing what is false—‘to stray from the truth.’” “Pangs” are “intense anxiety, anguish, grief, and emotional pain.” They are conditions we must avoid at all cost because of their consequence.
On the other hand, to “pursue” means to “do something with intense effort and with definite purpose or goal.” Paul does not leave this idea without clear objectives to pursue, “righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.” This is the only state of mind and heart that will preserve us from “evils” that cause “wandering, or pangs.” Sadly, this danger is not isolated to individuals, but is the same danger that churches can fall into if they are not Spirit filled and being led by the Spirit in all aspects of church life and ministry.
Are you in ‘neutral’ or do you have your life and church leadership in “Spirit filled drive”?
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