Week 8 – 11/30/2015
The Two-Word Blueprint
I Timothy 6:11-16
This Week – Have you ever had someone say something like this to you? “I’ve got three words for you, or I’ve just have two words for you.” Usually it’s said perhaps in jest or sarcasm, but sometimes there is a ring of truth in the admonition. Such is the case with the text today; Paul gives Timothy two words that can be something powerful in your life and mine today. Here they are: flee and pursue. One college instructor shares these two words as part of his lectures with students after hearing this message. Why? They’re good advice for us today in 2015!
Monday – The Apostle Paul is making his final statement to a young minister named Timothy who ministers in a place called Ephesus. He says to Timothy, “they’re things that you need to flee Timothy, and they’re things that you need to pursue.” If you and I are totally honest, that speaks to us in 2015. Most people know what it is that they need to flee. I think they also know what it is that they need to pursue. Think about your own life in light of those two words!
Tuesday – Paul addresses Timothy as a “man of God”. Did you know that when you and I are aware of the presence of God in every area of your life, both personal and professional, that indicates you are a man or woman of God? I really believe that! We talk about the words “fleeing” and “pursuing”. We personalize them for you and me.
Wednesday – Most of the fleeing in our lives involves a place or a person. It really does! Over the years I’ve talked to people who have said, “if only I hadn’t gone to that place” or “If only I hadn’t been with him or her.” That may seem simplistic, but as you think about it you realize that statement is true.
Thursday – Paul tells Timothy that we need to pursue ”righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness.” In terms of what you pursue or go after in life, does that describe us at all? We describe what each term means in terms of real life. They are not hypothetical concepts; they are real life traits of believers in Jesus Christ.