Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Flee from all this...
“For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance,and gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you mad your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” 1 Tim 6:10-12
Paul instructs his young disciple Timothy to run away from the desires of money. He instructs him to pursue the good things in life. Not so much in riches but in character and love for God. It’s kind of interesting there that right after Paul says that money is the root of all kinds of evil, he immediately says to pursue righteousness and all the other qualities. Not saying that money is bad but he suggest that it can consume you. You can make it all about money and then at the end of your life, nothing. I can see though that money is a strong influence. You need it to live and you need it to survive. But you don’t need to consume your life.
I can relate to this. There are some days I wonder why the heck can’t I just go out and make a money instead of sticking to the calling. But I know that sticking to your convictions is necessary. But really, it looks fun to make a lot of money. All most all my friends make a good amount of money, most of them making a six figure income. They own houses, cars, have families, and are living what I would say the typical normal life. I’m not going to lie, I would love to have that kind of life. Not that I don’t like my life now, but if was in my mid 20’s this would be cool, but I have been like this since my mid 20’s and it’s getting pretty old. Not that I don’t like being in ministry, but even being in ministry gets draining and I want something different. But here I am reminded that I must continue to pursue God with all my heart. Continue to pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness. Continue to fight the good fight. Because in a fight, you do get tired, you also think thoughts such as “why the hell am I here?” But it is a fight, and one I’d like to come out on top.
Lord thank you for the message today. Help me stay true, and fight the good fight.