1 Timothy 6:11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
Having noted the instruction to flee from, we must press on to know what we should thereafter follow. Many times, the religious world like to tell the people “don’t” and leave them clueless on what they should do. And if so be, the people will end up doing the don’ts and the world left in chaos. We must never forget the stern warning of Fleeing from so we can land in safety.
Lot and his family were also told to flee Sodom and Gomorrah for the wrath/destruction that was to come. That’s how important the instruction/command is. Like it was said, valuables will be lost and one is expected not to look back. The which Lot’s wife did and she turned into a pillar of salt. Jesus puts it like this, “no man having put his hand on the plough, then looks back is fit for the kingdom”. The plough here shows work, a call to responsibility. But to look back means to rue the things you’ve left behind. This kind of mindset is not good for the work. Such a person will lose mobility, will be turned to a pillar of salt. Note, we are the salt of the earth, but if we stop walking and we seem to look back, we become a pillar of salt, we lose our savour and men will match on us. So, keep FOLLOWING after as you FLEE from and FAINT not.
Follow After Righteousness
The word righteousness means “being in a right state of being as the Lord commands or instructs.” It is popularly noted as “right standing with God.” We need to pursue this with all our hearts, ensuring that we are in the right standing with God all the days of our lives. Being righteous is a state of being that conforms to the Lord’s instruction and commandment. So, one cannot be righteous outside of God’s instruction. Only one who obeys the Lord with all His heart can be said to be righteous.
Many have assumed righteousness is to be morally ok, but they live at the expense of God’s instructions for living. Being righteous is far bigger and much more important than just being morally sound. Anybody can abstain from so called lawlessness or wrong doing, yet that person is not righteous in the sight of God.
Abraham believed God and it was accounted for righteousness. That means in the sight of God towards Abraham, to align with His promise and to believe in it was Abraham being in right standing with God. To be in right standing with God also can be explained as being in perfect alignment with God.
One key feature of righteousness is obedience. Jesus loved righteousness and hated iniquity. The question therefore is what did Jesus do? He simple was always in tandem with God. He obeys God in all He commands, not minding what the Pharisees and the Sadduceas think about Him. If it was right with God, that solves it.
So, Paul says to us, follow after righteousness. Always be ready to obey God’s instructions for your life. Be at an alert to follow the instructions of God for your life such that you can be in perfect alignment with Him, hence Righteous before Him in love. This is our call, this is our work. Whilst we are called to flee from iniquity, we cannot run aloof, we must run in view of righteousness. Like Lot, we have a destination in view, hence that becomes our focus. Flee from lust, Follow After Righteousness, and please Faint not on the way. God bless you.