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Pursue Holiness

Examine whether you are pursuing righteousness or just counting on osmosis. Set aside some lesser goals and make holiness a top priority.

Scripture

Out verse for today comes from 2 Timothy 2:17, ” And their message will spread like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort. “

Background

I have a friend who has told me that she is not going to get cancer. Now I’m not sure how much of an expert she is in the field of genetics, medicine or the study of diseases, but she is rather confident that she will not become one of the more than 12 million Americans who have cancer. And she has this confidence because of the steps she is taking to avoid getting cancer. She exercises vigorously several times a week, avoids the dangers that excesses like smoking and drinking can bring, and she eats as healthy a diet as is humanly possible. She has made it a supreme priority to take care of her body and give it the best chance she can of lasting for as long as possible as healthily as possible. She is not relying on chance or hope to beat the odds. She is pursuing what she believes her body was meant to be. Many of us eat pretty decently. We live fairly active lives and can manage some stairs without sucking wind at the top. But taking all the possible steps to obtain maximum conditioning and consume only the right foods is not on our radar. We hope to stay healthy, but usually our desire to do what we enjoy wins out over rigid discipline and extreme sacrifice. But if we believed that our bodies were meant to be treated that way, if we believed that we could eat and exercise our way to a cancer-free existence, then I think we all would strive for that lifestyle.

Application

Similarly, if we believed that our lives were meant to be lived out in complete righteousness, if we believed that holiness was our greatest good, then I think we would pursue it with the vigor and diligence that lesser interests receive from us. If we believed righteousness could stop the spread of spiritual cancer, then I don’t think Satan would stand a chance. But it doesn’t happen by hoping for it. I’m realizing that righteousness has to be an intentional pursuit, sought out in even the smallest of details. How I listen to my kids and the tone I use when I repeat myself to my wife, they all matter. Pursue righteousness, don’t wait for it. Cancer is out there, waiting to strike.

Charge

As we seek Him today, examine whether you are pursuing righteousness or just counting on osmosis. Set aside some lesser goals and make holiness a top priority.


AuthorRich Holt | BCWorldview.org 

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