“But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.”I Timothy 6:11-12
I remember one day telling Rebekah that my dad was not as big a fan of ASU as I was. I was slightly disappointed in my dad as I felt my fandom had eclipsed his. I felt he was slipping in his loyalty to our favorite school. My loyalty was at an all-time high and my moods tended to swing depending on their win and loss record. Rebekah can attest to times when I was in a funk after what I deemed a devastating loss. My focus was strictly sports and my pursuit was not what it should have been.
I now look at my son Nate and he has taken my fandom to a new level. It seems my time is consumed with a lot of different things, and I can’t dedicate my time to ASU like I once did. My focus has changed, even though I still bleed maroon and gold. He can recite players, scores, and give you breaking news like I used to do. It seems the older I get the more I seem to devalue the things I deemed so important. My focus has shifted and my goal is to align myself with what God would have me to do. I desire an eternal focus and not just one that is built solely on the temporal.
I have come to know that I must follow after: righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, and meekness. I must fight the good fight of faith and not the fight of knowing all pertinent sport facts. Every day that passes, the closer I get to eternity, and it makes me reflect on what is truly important. I have been justified by God, and He is still working on the sanctification process in my life. There is much to learn and much I need to work on.
What are you following after today? Are you pursuing a closer walk with God or are you pursuing that which really does not matter? Are you looking at what this world can offer you or are you focused on becoming more like your Savior? The world is need of Christians who follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, and meekness. How much different would your home be if you sought after these things? How much different would your workplace be if you were godly? May our pursuit always be God, and may we lay aside those things which so easily beset us. May we heed the calling of our God and may our response always be, “Speak Lord for your servant hears.”