But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:11-12 (NIV)
I will have to make a confession at this point. What kind of confession must you make? I must confess that I have not done a good job of fleeing the world and all that it has to offer. Furthermore, I could say I have not been content with what you have given to me. I am not happy to make this report. It is more than a little embarrassing to say these words. But, own them I must. I have been captivated by the world. I have continually wanted money and pursued worldly possessions. At times, I am sure that I have lived as if this life was all there was. I have been on a mission to acquire possessions and live in comfort. There you have it; I have confessed my sin before you. I am asking for your forgiveness. You have my forgiveness.
Is there another, much different, confession that you want to make, before me? Yes, I have a much different confession to make before you. You are the Savior and Lord of my life. It is my utmost desire to flee evil and pursue the life you have called me to live. I want to fight the good fight of faith. I want to firmly take hold of the new and eternal life I have in you. What will that look like? My heart and mind and life will be focused on you. The world and all that it has to offer will mean nothing to me. I will love and follow and serve you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I will live to do what is pleasing in your sight. I will go wherever you guide me. I will do whatever you ask of me. That will be very good.
Will you be able to do what is pleasing in my sight with your own efforts? Will you be able to fight the good fight of faith with your own strength? Will you be able to take hold of your new and eternal life with your own power? Certainly not. What will you do to accomplish these things? I will come to rely on you. I will live in your presence. I will walk closely with you. I will listen to your voice. I will receive your instruction. I will follow your guidance. I know that you will draw near to me as I draw near to you. You will help me. You will strengthen me. You will give me the power to go wherever you guide me to do whatever you ask of me. You make me able to take hold of the new and eternal life I have in you. Yes, I will. That is what I will do. That will be very good.
Lord, at times I have been tempted by the love of money and the pursuit of material possessions. Now, I am fleeing evil and pursuing the new life you have called me to live. I am fighting the good fight of faith and taking hold of the eternal life I have in you. Amen
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