When writing to Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:21, Paul warned him, “Flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.” If we read the epistle of 1 Timothy, we see that Paul had already warned him about that, “But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.” (1 Timothy 6:11)
Paul had to warn Timothy about this on more than one occassion, because as a young man, Timothy was doing what we often do – allowing himself to be drawn off course, by chasing after the pleasures of this world. This is something so important that Paul felt it necessary to at least two times, and probably more, warn Timothy about it.
Remember, our life in this world doesn’t consist in the abundance of possessions we obtain, and those should not be what we seek after! Rather, we are commanded to seek after the things that please God: righteousness, faith, love, peace, etc. And notice both times, Paul said “FLEE those things and PURSUE these things…” In other words, don’t just think about them occassionally, or get to them when we have time – but rather PURSUE them, chase after them, make them the important things in our lives!
The word “pursue” in the Greek means “to seek after eagerly, earnestly endeavour to acquire”. Doesn’t that remind you of something Jesus said? “Blessed are those who HUNGER and THIRST after righteousness….”