Spiritual Pursuits

Paul tells Timothy to pursue six things instead of money and wealth.
  1. Righteousness
  2. Godliness
  3. Faith
  4. Love
  5. Endurance
  6. Gentleness
We waste so much time in pursuing the things of this world that do not last and do not give any real satisfaction.  We pursue IRAs, new cars, new gadgets (guilty as charged), new clothes (again, guilty), stocks and jewelry.  The things made of silver and gold simply do not last.  They tarnish and rust.  They lose value the moment you drive them off the lot.  Markets crash and savings are lost.  Clothes go out of style or you put on too much weight to fit into them.  You drop your phone in a puddle (or worse) and your TV goes out.
But the six spiritual pursuits that Paul tells Timothy about never go out of style and they never wear out.  God honors the pursuit of these spiritual traits.  He honors a righteous life.  He lifts the godly.  He saves us by His grace through faith in Jesus.  He shows His love to those who love.  He rewards those who endure to the end.  He is gentle toward the gentle.  Do not pursue trivial things that do not matter or last.  They will only let you down or fade away.  Pursue the things of God and let Him reward you and lift you up.
1 Timothy 6:11-16 (NIV)
But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 12 Fight 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. 13 In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you 14 to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which God will bring about in his own time—God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light,whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.

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