1 Timothy 6:11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
Today, we consider an admonition of Apostle Paul to the man of God and please be not deceived that by the term “man of God”, we refer to only ministers of the gospel or preachers. “Man of God” includes all who are named with God, all who serve the Lord and are accountable to Him. So, it includes all believes in God.
Having warned us of a possible erring from the faith through the love of money which has capacity to convert the soul, he then proceeds to tell us what we must follow after. It is very unfortunate that many follow after the wrong things at the expense of their faith. Our ability or inability to be strong in the faith and to be able to stand strong till the end will depend on what we follow after.
1 Timothy 6:10 “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
The scripture warns here that the love of money, which is a different kind of love that pulls one away from the love of the Father has a root in evil and in fact, is the root of evil. A root is what empowers the tree to stand. It is like the foundation of the tree. It is through the root that nutrients from the soil is transferred to the whole tree, therefore the root is sustenance of the tree. The root of a tree is what gives the tree stability, stability to withstand all manners of attack. Once the root is taken out, the tree is completely taken out. But even if the tree is cut down and the root is unaffected, the tree can still sprout. So also is the love of money. And this love of money is able to lure the heart away from God and the faith to the point that one begins to pierce himself with many sorrows. The quality of what you follow will determine whether you will stand till the end.
So, it becomes imperative for us to find out what then we must follow after. Because if we do not know what we ought to follow after, we will be left with the option of following after anything that seem to appear good to our rational mind. Hence, he says, “flee these things….” The word “flee” means “to run in a manner that becomes increasingly difficult to catch up with.” At times, it may mean to use all manners of methods to avoid contact with something or someone.
The command here is FLEE. Many want to play catch up and they end up being caught in the web of these things. Peter puts it differently when he said, “For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.” 2 Peter 2:20. He used the term “escape.” To escape means to use all manners of means available to avoid being caught. When scripture says flee, please flee. If there was another way around it, we would have been advised thus. Joseph didn’t wait to pray to God or beg the wife of Potipher when faced with temptation to fornicate, he fled for his life.
The scriptures used the word flee in many key places, one we have read and another is “flee fornication“. We must be wise to try to see the connection between these two. If we refuse to flee, then we will be destroyed in it. Just like Joseph, he didn’t wait to explain, he fled. His cloth didn’t matter to him, what matters most is his life. In the process of fleeing, it is possible you lose valuables and things dare to your heart, but please flee.
Joseph the husband of Mary, the mother Mary was instructed to flee in Egypt for the safety of the child, Jesus. How then would God in the form of man try to escape from the killing sword of King Herrod. One can say, the angels would fight for him, that would be wrong. The instruction is flee. It’s time to flee from the things that can take us out of the faith, or from the things that seek to weaken us such that we would not be able to fight the good fight of faith. Why do we need to flee, so we can be ensued with power, having obeyed in all ways, we will then avenge every disobedience, then we will submit ourselves to God, resist the devil, and he will flee. God bless you for reading.
Brethren, the warning is definite, there’s no finding a way around it. Many assume they can manage it, and at the end it now becomes obvious that they can’t. It is better we yield to the warning and learn to flee from things that will puncture our faith so we could fight the good fight of faith.
Note: This is the first in this series. We will attempt to look critically and in details the concept of what we are to follow after. God bless you.