In one of the Transformers movies even Shia Labeouf used a line we’ve all heard: “If you keep doing the same things the same way it’s stupid to think you’ll get different results.” That principle applies to every area of life: health, finances, marriage, parenting, relationships with people and/or God, etc.
So, what are you pursuing. In Andy Stanley’s incredible book – The Principle of the Path – he says that most of us know the best routes to take, but alternate routes are POWERFULLY APPEALING ! He says most of us don’t have problems to fix, we have “directions that need to change.”
As I read 1 Timothy 6 this morning, verse 11 reminded me of some pursuits I need to cultivate consistently in my life. The direction of my life needs to be toward these things – not away from them. Here’s the last part of the verse: “pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness.”
Here are the takeaways for me from this verse.
1. I need to pursue character – to be a person with the right attitudes and actions – one who is just, gracious & innocent – a person of integrity with men & God.
2. I need to pursue devotion to God with absolute abandon and be in awe of Him every day.
3. I need to pursue a life of conviction based on the truth of Jesus Christ.
4. I need to pursue love the way God defines it & demonstrate a life of grace, giving & generosity.
5. As I pursue Christ I need to develop a cheerful/grateful attitude even when I have to endure difficult times.
6. I need to pursue humility – choosing to bring my strength(s) under the control of Christ and demonstrate a gentle spirit with people.
Your takeways may not be the same – but the question remains – what are your actual pursuits?