Saturday, April 16, 2011

2 Timothy 2:22

For church tomorrow, my youth group is sharing verses with the main congregation... this what I'm planning on saying, God-willing. 

2 Timothy 2:22 says “Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”  Christianity—becoming
like Christ—is not existence.  It is a direction, seeking God.  This verse tells us to, as
Christian in the book Pilgrim’s Progress, flee—or leave or shun—evil desires
of the past and pursue—or chase or follow—righteousness, peace, love, and faith.  This verse does not say to think about these Godly characteristics, or want to have them, or even pray about them (though that is a good thing to do).  Rather, it commands an action.  Run towards these things…along
with other seeking Christians.  We need fellowship desperately.  We need companions like Faithful was in Pilgrim’s Progress, who helped Christian press on when he had given up.  This fellowship, again, is to be with those who seek God out a pure heart.
Uncorrupted and unselfish seeking of God is a long, straight, difficult, worthwhile, and pure path.  And 2 Timothy 2:22 shows that’s precisely what road we are called to!

What do you think about 2 Timothy 2?

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