Timothy and Titus – Inconspicuous Leadership
I don’t physically run. But I walk fast. Like the old saying, “If you see me running, then something is after me.” I don’t run. I have weak ankles. This problem existed since I was a kid playing softball and other sports. However, this does not hold me back from running the race God set before me. I will run, walk fast, crawl my way to Him and what He tells me to be and to do. I am in pursuit of God’s will and purpose for me. I run from world thinking to pursue what and how God thinks. I run from what is popular down a road less traveled. I run from fake people and false theologies. I encourage others to be in hot pursuit of God’s will for them.
1 Timothy 6, The Message
11-12 But you, Timothy, man of God: Run for your life from all this. Pursue a righteous life—a life of wonder, faith, love, steadiness, courtesy. Run hard and fast in the faith. Seize the eternal life, the life you were called to, the life you so fervently embraced in the presence of so many witnesses.
13-16 I’m charging you before the life-giving God and before Christ, who took his stand before Pontius Pilate and didn’t give an inch: Keep this command to the letter, and don’t slack off. Our Master, Jesus Christ, is on his way. He’ll show up right on time, his arrival guaranteed by the Blessed and Undisputed Ruler, High King, High God. He’s the only one death can’t touch, his light so bright no one can get close. He’s never been seen by human eyes—human eyes can’t take him in! Honor to him, and eternal rule! Oh, yes.
17-19 Tell those rich in this world’s wealth to quit being so full of themselves and so obsessed with money, which is here today and gone tomorrow. Tell them to go after God, who piles on all the riches we could ever manage—to do good, to be rich in helping others, to be extravagantly generous. If they do that, they’ll build a treasury that will last, gaining life that is truly life.
20-21 And oh, my dear Timothy, guard the treasure you were given! Guard it with your life. Avoid the talk-show religion and the practiced confusion of the so-called experts. People caught up in a lot of talk can miss the whole point of faith.
Overwhelming grace keep you!
LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLE #7: RUN! Run from all the is evil to God, all that is good and right. Pursue a righteous life that only God can help you achieve.
Leadership Characteristics –
-Pursue, run after all that is God, with a clear focus on a life of wonder, faith, love, steadiness, courtesy.
–Seize the moment, making the most of every opportunity to live the life we were called to live!
–Don’t give an inch to what is not God. Remain firm.
–Keep His commands.
–Be tenaciously driven to be and do what God wants.
–Tells others to go after God with all that is in them.
–Guard the treasure of knowing God with all that is in us.
–Don’t miss the point of our faith…Jesus died to save us from our sin. AND Jesus is coming back to take us home with Him forever and ever. Yes, and Amen!
Dear Heavenly Father,
You are God and we are not. You are Holy and all that is Right. We come to you to make us holy before you. We are in pursuit of your overwhelming grace today…and always. Continue to transform me. Transform your church. Transform the world…through your church.
In Jesus Name, Amen