Thursday August 16, 2018
1 Timothy 6:11-13
11 But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you.
These are some closing remarks to Timothy on what he must pursue on his journey. Paul knows it is easy to get distracted and chase the wrong things in life. He also reminds Timothy it is going to be a fight. Following Jesus isn’t easy, but it’s worth it.
Have you ever seen the movie “Pursuit of Happyness”? It is spelled this way as the movie title for a reason. But why? Happiness is spelled with an “I” right? There are a few reasons people believe it to be spelled this way, but one in particular caught my eye. Life is never perfect just like the spelling of the word happyness. In the movie, the main character, Chris, is living a very unperfect life. He lost his job, his wife, and his home. He had nothing, but decided to pursue despite the odds.
The odds are against us. Life is hard sometimes. What are we choosing to pursue? This is the question. When we choose to pursue something we have to be all in. It’s hard to pursue something when you are only giving minimal effort. Pursue with all your heart, mind, and soul.
Jesus lived with such pursuit during his life. He pursued you. He pursued me. Isn’t that cool to think about? Take a second. When Jesus was on the cross, he was thinking of YOU. How much he loves you. How much he cares for you. You matter to Him. You are the reason He died on the cross. Jesus had something in mind during his pursuit that kept Him going. We have to ask ourselves what we are pursuing and why? This will help guide us through our days.
Am I all in on my pursuit of Jesus?
Why is Jesus worth pursuing?
Dear Lord, remind us our pursuits in life will never be perfect, but they will be worth it. You are worth it. We love you and thank you. Amen.
Have a great day!