In Paul’s first letter to Timothy, he states, “But you, man of God, flee (run) from all this (greed, bad doctrine, divisiveness, controversies, sinful behavior), and pursue (chase after) righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.” 1 Timothy 6:11
I submit that each of us should heed these words of encouragement from the Apostle Paul. I love the use of the words flee and pursue. Paul uses strong words of action. When Paul tells Timothy to flee bad doctrine, the things of the world, and Satan, he is instructing him to run from them as fast as he can. Have nothing to do with this stuff. Turn away and hi-tail it out of there. When someone flees from something, they flat out run away from it as fast as they can. Are you fleeing?
I also appreciate the use of the word pursue. To pursue something means to chase after it. Pursuit means that you are diligent and unwavering. You press on, keep going, and do what you must until you get it. It drives you. Paul says to pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness. Don’t pursue money, fame, or comfort – the stuff of this sick world. NO! Pursue the things of God! Are you pursuing?
One other thing, Paul doesn’t simply tell Timothy to think about these godly things or just long for these things, instead he tells him to get up and go after them with passion and with everything in him. Take action!
As followers of Christ, these are our marching orders. We must go after God with everything that is in us. We must pursue Him with passion.