“But you, man of God, flee from all this and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.”
– 1 Timothy 6:11
What does Paul mean by, “flee from all this”? What is “all this”?
Look back at the the previous ten verses. Paul takes time in the previous verses to instruct Timothy in three key points to be a faithful follower of Christ.
1. Serve Well. (vs. 1-2) Especially as an employee or slave. As a believer, your witness can be seen in your work. The way you work, your work ethic and even the way you treat your superiors can effect your witness.
2. Stay Away From Drama. (vs. 3-5) Don’t get caught up in godless talk and gossip. This is wise advice for ministers. It’s easy to get distracted by the evil one and thrown into drama which can hurt your witness and distract you from the call on your life to minister to others.
3. Be Content. (vs. 5-10) It is true that vs. 10 says that, “the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil,” but that’s doesn’t give us the right to assume that money (if used well) is totally cool. I think you have to read vs 6 too. It says, “But godliness with contentment is great gain.” Money isn’t evil in and of itself. We can have money and things and still be godly, but there is a fine line. Believers must be careful to live content. When we get caught up in wanting more, we are on a slippery slope toward trying to be self sufficient. May we put our full faith in God to supply all our needs (not our wants). May we want for more of Him and less of things. May we live content.
I have been guilty of missing the mark on all three of these topics. But this is such wise advice for Timothy and for all of us.