No Couch Potato Here!
Read 1 Timothy Chapter 6
1Ti 6:11 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,
Someone, sometime in the past, started and perpetuated the idea that once we are saved, we can just sit back and watch God work out our lives as though we were only spectators. It is true that God’s power is fully responsible for anything worthwhile that is accomplished in our lives on earth. But that does not mean that we can just relax and watch it happen. The Lord requires us to exert some great effort to accomplish His will for our lives. Just this passage alone will show that to be true. We have to put forth some pretty strenuous spiritual energy as we “work out our salvation,” (Philippians 2:12).
- Flee from all this – We must flee from our old sinful ways. God’s power allows us to leave our lives of sin. But that won’t happen unless we tap into that power, willing to die to our sins.
- Pursue righteousness, godliness, etc. – There is something we must chase. Chasing something does not conjure up visions of resting on the couch and using a remote to change channels. When we pursue something, we must spend time and work to catch our prize.
- Take hold of the eternal life to which we are called – It’s there for the taking, but it won’t jump into our lap. We must grasp it and cling to it for dear life.
Examine the lives of all our New Testament heroes. None of them had an easy life, and we cannot expect to have one either. Naturally, God supplies us with what we need to carry out these tasks, just as He did for the NT Christians. But none of God’s will can be done without our cooperation. Jesus gave the NT Christians the following command:
Mt 28:18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
What if the disciples had gone home and the next day resumed their previous life of fishing for fish instead of men? God’s work would have never been done. What if the Apostle Paul had failed to continue fighting his flesh, or given up his pursuit of righteousness – his personal battle with flesh which he described in Romans chapter 7? God’s work would never have been accomplished in his life.
The SSA Christian man and woman will be called upon to exercise all of these commands mentioned in this passage from 1st Timothy. Our battle with fleshly desires may not end as long as we live in these bodies. Our pursuit of righteousness and godliness will continue until we leave this life. That’s not a bad thing. It is a battle and a pursuit which we will win. We will accomplish what Christ has ordained for us to accomplish. We must never allow ourselves to discontinue our goals in Christ.
Gal 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Prayer: Father, give us courage and strength each time we need it. We know that our race will not be run in vain. We know that there is a prize at the end of our journey. Thank You for choosing us to be Your warriors here on earth. We would be helpless and hopeless without Your hand upon our lives.