by Pastor Mark Jordan
“But you, Timothy, man of God: Run for your life from all this. Pursue a righteous life—a life of wonder, faith, love, steadiness, courtesy. Run hard and fast in the faith. Seize the eternal life, the life you were called to, the life you so fervently embraced in the presence of so many witnesses.” (1 Timothy 6:11-12, NIV)
Today’s passage is full of great insight and advice, but it deserves a little context. When Paul wrote, run for your life from all this,” the ‘this’ he referred to, in a word, is greed.
Just before today’s passage we get the timeless wisdom that the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil (v.10). This echoes Jesus’ teaching that you can’t serve both God and money (Matthew 6:24). Now, of course, this doesn’t mean we aren’t supposed to make a living and neglect supporting the people God put in our lives, but it does mean we must be careful about our focus. If the focus is money, we can never get enough. Remember Rockefeller’s comment, who was at the time one of the richest men in the world, when he was asked about how much money is enough. His answer? Just a little bit more, as though to say he could never imagine having enough. If the focus is on God, though, God blesses what you have so you can do more than you could ever imagine.
The Bible’s advice isn’t about chasing the next payday, but pursuing a life of wonder, faith, love, steadiness, and courtesy. Living life this way helps you see God’s work in the world as opposed to seeing dollar signs. This is the life God calls you to, without the clouded vision of worry, fearing there is never enough. Then, the resources you have become the equipment you use to keep your focus on God so you can realize you are blessed to be a blessing to others…the ones who witness your life of faith and are a key to share that with others.
What a life, right?
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for helping me see the wonder, faith, love, steadiness, and courtesy that comes from a life in you. Forgive me for the times I only see dollar signs as opposed to the dear ones you’ve given me to do life with. Help me to use the blessings I have in life to bless others. I ask this in Jesus’ name, amen.