[Note: The following post was first published in November 2016. The need for believers to be men and women of God in a hostile world is just as critical today as it was in Paul and Timothy’s day]
Read: 1 Timothy 6:11-21
Consider: In the first part of 1 Timothy 6 Paul speaks of true contentment and the need to develop godliness with contentment and for believers to put behind them anything that could hold them back, or even pull them away from their faith.
In the second part of 1 Timothy 6 Paul directs his comments to Timothy. He starts by addressing Timothy as ‘… man of God …’ (6:11). What an accolade to be addressed in this way, especially by the apostle Paul. Elsewhere in the Bible the term ‘man of God’ is used of Moses, Samuel and Elijah, as well as other prophets (e.g. Shemaiah and Igdaliah) and occasionally of angels.
Paul’s encouragement to Timothy is to ‘flee’ from the things mentioned in verses 1-10 and to ‘pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness’. The words ‘flee’ and ‘pursue’ give the impression of something active and dynamic. The Greek word translated as flee could easily be rendered as ‘escape out of danger’ or ‘shun’, while pursue has the implication of running the race and keeping your eyes on the prize. In this case the prize is righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness (characteristics of godliness).
It might be very easy to think that as an individual the term ‘man or woman of God’ would not be applied to us. However, you see yourself, remember that God wants you to be his man or woman. He wants you to turn your back on anything that could draw you away from your faith, and to seek true godliness.
Pray: Father, may we turn our backs on the things that might make us wander from our faith and help us to pursue those characteristics of godliness that you want to see in us. Amen