Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Amos 5-9, 1 Timothy 6
1 Timothy 6:11-
But you, man of God, flee from all this, & pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance & gentleness.
Being a victorious Christian doesn’t mean that we can just sit back & say that we love God & expect our lives to change. The verse tells us that we need to be active in our faith.
We need to “flee” from all things that keep us from growing closer to God. This means that we may have to stop any actions that are in opposition to God’s truth, however this looks. Perhaps we have to stop spending time in places or with certain people that have a negative effect on us. Maybe we are watching something on TV or listening to music that is putting thoughts in our minds that take us from God. Or, possibly, we are just too busy to take time to serve him, go to church, read the Bible, etc & we need to “flee” from our lifestyle.
We then need to “pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance & gentleness.” We don’t just naturally have these traits, we need to work for it. This will only happen with our own (sometimes painful) efforts. Are we honest with ourselves & admit when we just simply mess up? How do we handle it? Do we “pull up our big girl panties” (sorry guys 😋) & work to do better next time or do we just ignore it (maybe believe that it wasn’t really a big deal). If we aren’t willing to recognize our shortcomings, how can we change? Big deal or not, if we don’t take the small steps to change, the big ones won’t come either. Say sorry, show kindness rather than irritation, use gentle words instead of speaking in frustration, look for ways to love & encourage others rather than being caught up in yourself.
I believe that when we become active in our faith, God will bless us for it, He will be evident in our lives & we will have an impacting testimony to those around us.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Hosea 1-3, 2 Timothy 1