What are you after?

11 …pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. (I Tim. 6:11)

What are you after?

I dare say most of us would say, “a good life”, “love”, “security”. There is certainly nothing wrong with these things. They are worthy of our longing for joy and peace.

What does God’s word say should be our pursuits?

  1. Righteousness – the birthright of every true Christian. It is an extension of the Righteousness of Jesus Himself. (Phlp. 3:9)
  2. Godliness – a deep passion to grow in Christ-likeness (in grace, mercy, love, joy, forgiveness, peace, contentment etc.) (I Peter 6:6-7)
  3. Faith – without faith it impossible to please God. (Heb. 11:6)
  4. Love – God commands that we love one another. (Jn. 15:12)
  5. Patience – grows out of tribulation and trials. (James 1:3)
  6. Gentleness – strength under restraint. (Eph. 4:2)

Are not these just an expansion of a good life, love, and security? Of all the things included in God’s word pointing to how to have a good life are expressed in these 6 words.

The opposite are found in Galatians 5:19-21 (NIV)
19  The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
20  idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21  and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Few “Christians” would admit to most of these characteristics. But, even one of them characterizes one who is living on the border of ungodliness. Any one of them would call to question the claim of desiring to live a life of holiness and godliness.

Can you identify an area in your life that is lacking in that which defines the sincerity of the born again Christian?

What are you after? Comfort, pleasure and things, or a life that is acceptable and pleasing to God?

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