What am I pursuing with my life? Paul tells Timothy to flee from the love of money, and to pursue godliness, truth, love, and gentleness. I wouldn’t say those are the things I am always pursuing. I often strive for happiness, recognition, or even a good meal!
I want to walk with Jesus, to know Him and live a life full of His love. I want to be more like Him, and that means I won’t always be comfortable, or recognized, or have a full stomach. But I know, as Paul and Timothy knew, that His love brings a joy that nothing else in this world can match. I want to pursue Him, with every single breath.
Paul’s Final Instructions
11But 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. 12Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have confessed so well before many witnesses. 13And I charge you before God, who gives life to all, and before Christ Jesus, who gave a good testimony before Pontius Pilate, 14that you obey this command without wavering. Then no one can find fault with you from now until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. 15For at just the right time Christ will be revealed from heaven by the blessed and only almighty God, the King of all kings and Lord of all lords. 16He alone can never die, and he lives in light so brilliant that no human can approach him. No human eye has ever seen him, nor ever will. All honor and power to him forever! Amen.
17Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. 18Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. 19By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life.
20Timothy, guard what God has entrusted to you. Avoid godless, foolish discussions with those who oppose you with their so-called knowledge. 21Some people have wandered from the faith by following such foolishness.
May God’s grace be with you all.