June 5, 2008 at 11:10 am 2 comments

I Timothy

 6But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

Paul’s Charge to Timothy

 11But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 12Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

That verse 11 bolded is my verse for the year.

Pursue righteousness (right relationship with God)

Pursue godliness (being like him)

Pursue faith (that condition of soul that believes God is in control and is not holding out on me for my best)

Pursue love (I Cor. 13)

Pursue endurance (right now…every day)

Pursue gentleness(pursue being more gentle, less harsh, less abrupt, less NOW).

PURSUE these things.

I ran into this verse again in our money class last night.  It is my key verse of the year and I hadn’t seen it in a while.

Pursue endurance…God works out his character in us by the things of life, for sure.

So easy to think these attributes or conditions of soul are a natural part of the Christian life–easy to think that if I just pray and go to Church–they result, eventually.  

This finance class has sharpened us in many ways.  In my parenting, our goals for the kids, why we do what we do. 

I need that time in the word.  I need focus.  Direction.  Intentional growth. 

I need to PURSUE.

Tell me, in which of those areas is God stretching you to “pursue” right now?  Does He help you “pursue”?

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kim  |  June 5, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    I really think God is stretching me in all of those areas and then some. Situations and circumstances all around that are “testing” and growing me. I really like the phrase “intentional growth”. It’s so easy to learn from life experiences but to be intentional is the growth process with God can and will take us to a whole new level.

    Thanks for some good thoughts.

  • 2. gchyayles  |  June 6, 2008 at 12:22 am

    God stretches me in all those areas periodically but in this season I believe the most is showing love to family in spite of them having disowned me and how they treat me if and when they do communicate. I am thankful for the experience; it has helped me show love in other areas, towards other people, too. PRAISE GOD!

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