I Timothy 6.11-12
As usual, in my last blog about the temptation of Christ, I am never content with my musings, and there is never enough space to complete the entire thought, so this is more on the subject of temptation, sin, and righteousness.
Sin is a shortcut. Satan tempted Jesus with making bread out of stones for immediate satisfaction of His hunger, casting Himself down from the pinnacle of the temple to see if God the Father would protect Him from destruction, which Jesus would have to face in the grave, and offering Him immediate power over the world which would be Jesus’ position after the resurrection when all things are put in subjection to Him. We in turn are tempted in the same manner in our own lesser lives, but none the less tempted with shortcuts to protection, provision, and power.
Jesus refuted satan with scripture, and had an uncompromising desire to maintain His righteousness. God in turn gives every believer the same desire for righteousness. Understanding who we are in Christ is essential to Godly living. Hebrews 10.12 says, “Jesus having offered one sacrifice for sin for all times sat down at the right hand of God.” Understand this, He didn’t forgive only past sins, but present sins, and future sins. Romans 5.21 “God made Jesus who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
However we still have a body of flesh to contend with that is still prone to wander from God. I Timothy 6.11 says ” Flee from sin you people of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, and perseverance.” We still, trapped in this flesh, become preoccupied with the cares of this life. We worry about provision, we worry about protection, we worry about authority, too often we become preoccupied with all the cares and needs of this world.
As young people there is an education to be obtained; And Enoch walked with God. Then there are all the politics to sort through; There was Noah who was a righteous man. How about life decisions like marriage, and children; Abraham was called Gods’ friend. Providing for the family is no small task; God called David a man after His own heart. The World Series is on, and Super Bowl is coming; Moses asked to see God’s face. Retirement needs to be planned for; John the baptist was filled with the Holy Spirit from his mother womb.
All these cares are not new to life, they do not take God by surprise, the truth of the scriptures stay true. We can do both, that is live in our culture and be obedient to God. We can pursue righteousness, while providing for our families. We can pursue Godliness, while studying for exams, doing research papers, and preparing projects. We can pursue faith, every day in the kitchen, doing laundry, cleaning the house. We can pursue love, with each encounter with our neighbors, co-workers, children and spouse. We can pursue perseverance, while contemplating current affairs and politics. We can pursue gentleness, each day while driving.
Giving in to the temptations of sin is refusing righteousness. Nothing of lasting value comes easily. Oswald Chambers said in his book ‘My Utmost for His Highest’, ” If my reach doesn’t exceed my grasp, then what’s heaven for, and for what do I ask?” Are you comfortable in your walk with Christ? Ask yourself, is your holiness good enough? Your faith strong enough? Your love sufficient? Your perseverance satisfying? Your gentleness pleasing? If not then reach out to Jesus, if you want more ask, seek, and knock, God will answer.