Flee. Pursue. by Pastor Chris

Flee. 

2 TImothy 2:19-23

19 But God’s truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,”[a] and “All who belong to the Lord must turn away from evil.”[b]

20 In a wealthy home some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay. The expensive utensils are used for special occasions, and the cheap ones are for everyday use. 21 If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.

22 Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.

23 Again I say, don’t get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights.

As we have gone through this week on the topic of repentance, I was struck by something Pastor Don said: “We tolerate the Agag’s in our life.”  Basically, we get comfortable with certain sins because they are “respectable”.  We fall into the trap of thinking we are good enough.

“We have measured ourselves by ourselves until the incentive to seek higher plateaus in the things of the Spirit is all but gone.”  A.W. Tozer

We forget who sets the bar, and that bar is pretty high.  We like to compare ourselves with others and think that we are OK.  But God sets the bar, and He states, “Be holy as I am holy.”

That is a high standard.

In the verses above, we are told to “turn away from evil” and later it states we are to run or flee from anything that stimulates youthful lusts.

How many do this?  When is the last time we fled sin?  When is the last time we left a tempting situation?  Turned the channel? Stopped the conversation?  Broke off the relationship? Better yet, put down the doughnut?!

We have a tendency to tolerate sin in our lives.  We like to just rely on the grace and mercy of God, which is such an amazing gift.  Let’s not be guilty of taking it for granted.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer said this:  “Cheap grace is the deadly enemy of our church.”

We rely on this, and go on living our lives without changing.  All this does is stunt our growth when it comes to our relationship with God. We fail to see sin for what it is so we don’t repent and  turn and flee from those situations in our lives that are hindering us.

Joseph fled the situation with Potiphar’s wife, no matter the cost.

Genesis 39:9–No one here has more authority than I do. He has held back nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How could I do such a wicked thing? It would be a great sin against God.”

Joseph knew that sin was not only against his master, but most importantly against God.  And he fled.

Pursue.

These verse tells us to flee and abstain, but it goes further:

It tells us what to pursue and chase after.  This word pursue means to aggressively chase and go after with all haste.

The simple question for today: What are you pursuing?  Are you chasing after righteousness, faith, love and peace?  We need to do this so we may be honorable vessels that the Lord can use, and use to the fullest.

Let’s cleanse ourselves (repent) from what is dishonorable so that we can be the vessels that God needs us to be!!

 

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