THE STORY OF JESUS: 1 Timothy 4-6
“Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.” (1 Timothy 6:11)
If life is the pursuit of… something, what is my life is the pursuit of?
Comfort, riches, pleasure, power, reputation, good looks, success, revenge?
Everyone will have their own variation on what their goal looks like.
Paul is urging Timothy to pursue God and His agenda, to be a ‘man of God’.
People think they are pursuing happiness, and end up in misery.
They pursue foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. (6:9)
Who pursues righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance or gentleness?
This is the full life, the life we were made for. the happy life.
If everyone pursued this, our world would be the ‘heaven’ we all desire.
Paul describes the pursuit of the Jesus life in Timothy’s setting, in Ephesus.
What would he write if he urged you to pursue the Jesus life in your context?
At work or home, in our opportunities and challenges – this is daily discipleship.
The Spirit is prompting me to pursue these qualities today, in my own ‘Ephesus’.
Is this the life you are pursuing, the happiness you are seeking?
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, help me to see that the ONLY way to happiness is to pursue You and Your righteousness!