i wanted to share something i read in scripture the other night with a few journal notes.
there are passages within the scripture that i have read time and time again.
things i thought i’ve learned all i can from and then God does His thing of making all things new and something shines a little brighter, or more different.
i was lead to 1 Timothy 6 by the boy.
that night i hunkered down and started reading.
so, so, so much good.
as always a section stood out beyond the rest.
you know when God is pulling on your heart.
so i thought i would share that with you today
nothing in to the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if
we have food and clothing, with these things we will be content. But those who
desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and
harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction … but as for you,
o man of God, flee these things pursue righteousness, godliness,
faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take
hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the
good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”
in all honesty i could write a novel on the 6 verses above.
novels and novels.
we could dive into the theology of each word, work through the greek meanings, really dig deep.
but so much is sitting on the surface in just the first reading.
so much to chew on.
that is when you know God’s Word is alive.
because it is constantly changing you.
the first part of the scripture, falling into the trap of not being content with what you have….WHEW lets not even talk about the kick in the ribs that was for me.
but the second part…that knocked into the depths of my spirit.
here are my journaled notes…
v.11 /// …flee these things. pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness…
it doesn’t say “sit back and watch” or “just wait it out.”
flee – RUN – from sin
PURSUE – CHASE – GO AFTER – God’s character.
if i want to see true change i have to flee sin and pursue God.
not sit lazily on my butt waiting on God to move.
sometimes i journal for pages.
other times it is a few notes or paragraphs.
honestly, it doesn’t matter how much i write, just as long as i’m listening and learning.
and boy, was i learning.
something so simple, something so…foundational… to the Christian walk wrecked my soul.
to pursue Godliness and righteousness i must flee sin.
not say “i won’t do that again”
or “i know i shouldn’t…but”
but straight up flee.
haul tail in the opposite direction.
is it easy?
and boy do i fail…
…but that is why it is called a pursuit // the act of striving for something
praise God he continues to pursue me, even when i don’t flee the sin.