Tuesday, June 23
Scripture: 2 Kings 11-12, 2 Chronicles 24, 1 Timothy 6
1 Timothy 6:11–12 But you, Timothy, are a man of God; so run from all these evil things. Pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have declared so well before many witnesses.
Paul’s concluding words to Timothy, his young pastor protege, include four strong verbs.
- Run from all these evil things. Flee from evil! In 2 Timothy 2:22, Paul repeats this advice and urges Timothy to flee from evil desires. in ! Corinthians 6:18, Paul says we should flee from sexual immorality. There are some sins it’s best to simply flee. Run! Run from evil as fast as you can!
- Pursue righteousness, a godly life, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. Run from evil, but run after good. Our primary goal isn’t just to avoid evil, but to actively pursue good. In fact, it’s easier to run away from evil if you’re running after good. The latter makes the former happen.
- Fight the good fight. Paul loved to use athletic metaphors: running a race, fighting a fight, winning a contest. I love sports; I love competing; so I love these metaphors. Win your battle! Win the race that God set out for you. Give it your best and leave it all on the field.
- Hold tightly to eternal life. Take hold of eternal life to make it your own. Reach out and grab it—and hang on as though your life depended on it. Don’t let anyone or anything take it from you!
Each of these verbs is worth reflecting upon for application.
- Is there something in my life that I need to run from? Flee?
- How can I pursue God and the life He has for me with all my heart today?
- What’s the race or battle I’m in and how can I run/fight to win?
- Where might my grip be slipping, and how can hold tightly?
Prayer: Lots to think about here, Lord. I love the robust verbs! Help me to run from and run to, to fight and hold tight.