“But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.” 1 Timothy 6:11
Paul tells Timothy to flee all of this. What is “this”? Looking back at the previous few verses, it is the things of this world. It is wealth, false teaching, and other harmful desires.
For a person to flee, it is to run away as fast as possible. When a person is being chased by a wild animal, he will run as fast as possible to get away. If he knows that there is danger ahead, he will try to go a different route. Most people will run away from danger, rather than go up to it, if they realize it is dangerous.
The world tries to say that the things they have and are doing are not dangerous. God, however, says that all those things are dangerous. They will pull a person away from Him and send them on a path to hell.
Timothy was told to pursue the things of God. These things are righteousness, doing the right thing; godliness, living like Jesus; love, loving God and everyone else; endurance, hanging in there when times are rough; and gentleness, being soft and kind to others.
To pursue something is to chase after it, track it down, seek it out. A person pursuing an animal during a hunt will keep going step by step for a long time in order to catch that animal. Regardless of which way the animal turns, the hunter will keep following in order to get that prize.
As a believer, you must chase after the things of God. Strive to have everything God wants you to have. Do not get caught up in the temporary things of this world.
God can give you more than the world will ever be able to offer. He is willing to give it to you, if you are willing to accept it.
Chase after God and be like Jesus and the reward will be great.
Chase after the things of this world, and you will lose all in the end.
I pray today that God will help you run away from all sin; that you chase after God; that you will chase after being like Jesus; that you will put on the characteristics of Jesus; that you will be more like Jesus everyday; and that God will draw many to Jesus through you.