“But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, Godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.” 1 Timothy 6:11 NIV
Flee: To run away, as from danger or pursuers; take flight. To move swiftly; fly; speed.
Pursue: To follow in order to overtake, capture, kill; chase. To strive to gain; seek to gain or accomplish.
As I looked at these definitions, a comic strip started to form in my mind. It looked a little like the old Tom and Jerry cartoons. The pursuit was always heated!
So I picture Timothy fleeing from “all this.” What is my “all this”? What should I be fleeing from? A few years ago for me, it was a rat race in a dog-eat-dog environment. Today, it is letting go of circumstances and not permitting them to govern me. It occurs to me that growth always involves leaving something behind. It might be an old pattern or perception. It might be something more material.
But it always requires that we pursue — chase, overtake, capture — a different direction in some way. Grabbing hold of something new. A new learning. A new habit. A new life.
It is not possible to flee the “all this” and carry a lot of baggage in our new pursuit. It involves making choices; traveling light. The lighter yoke that only Jesus Christ can give us.
Lord, help me leave my “all this” behind to pursue righteousness, Godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.