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?

About bjrutledge

BJ & Janet were married in July 1977 They have three grown children who are all married: Jeremy & Whitney Rutledge, Chris & Julie Hurst, and Josh and Hannah Rutledge. They also have five grandsons, and a granddaughter. BJ says perhaps our greatest legacy is even though our kids are PK's, they love Jesus and are all involved in ministry in the local church. BJ has served at churches in Dallas - Bossier City, LA - Houston - and was at Fellowship of the Woodlands (Woodlands Church) in The Woodlands before coming to Grace Fellowship. BJ is the Legacy Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.
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2 Responses to PURSUITS

  1. Jerry Burnett says:

    Great post! I copied number 1-6 and pasted it in my daily prayer journal.

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