Monday, December 3, 2012
To and Fro
“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. Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments...” 2 Tim 2:22-24
When considering the course of my life, my pursuit of pleasing people and gaining everyone’s approval has been my ‘youthful desire’ at all costs. It has left me consistently disappointed, physically exhausted and spiritually empty. When I look at the senseless pursuit of that illusive ghost which can never be caught I am so grateful to the One who replaced that fantasy with reality. He replaced an impossible pursuit with a definite catch – in pursuing Him I gain His righteousness, His love and His peace over my life. Apart from Him I cannot access these things of the Spirit.
We each have the ‘desires of our youth’ – those beliefs that powered our lives before we became spiritually mature. Like a toddler, we would reach for those toys of the flesh to temporarily satisfy our impatient needs and wants. To flee is to head out in a panicked manner while to pursue seems to deal more with a constant steady ‘eye-on-the-goal’ journey. Fleeing leads away from something while pursuing leads into the arms of a Destination – Christ.
Lord, keep us focused on the pursuit of the things of the Spirit only achieved with your help, and empower us to turn and run from those things of the flesh that are foolish and stupid. These former things produce nothing good, and distract from the race you have set before each of us. Amen.