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Published on Jun 25, 2012
The pursuit, the desire, the passion for riches, is something we need to avoid. It really drives us into a kind of idolatry, it drives us to commit sins and compromises we wouldn't want, and so the drive, the desire, the pursuit of riches is to be avoided. The Bible says in 1st Timothy 6 and verse 11, "But thou, O man of God, flee these things".
It's spoken in a context of a man who desires and pursues riches as the goal of life. So Paul says, you must flee, you must run, your must avoid, you must escape these things. Because it is enticing, it is mesmerizing; everybody seems to be doing it, but you are to flee from it. It is something like sexual sins, you don't flirt around with sexual sins, you flee. You don't say I can cope with a little pornography here and there, my friends, it will grow and dominate on you. And so it is for the pursuit of riches, it will dominate you if you are not careful, so flee from it.
But not only about fleeing, it's also about following, because 1st Timothy 6:11 says, but thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow. In other words, this is a word that refers to seeking, pursuing, in fact it can also be translated as persecuting, it's a strong pursuit you see. So you flee the pursuit of riches but you follow hard after what? After righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. You follow hard after these things, these qualities and virtues and characteristics of godliness.
So devote yourself, not just to attend church but devote to spiritual growth. Don't aim to get rich materially, aim to get rich spiritually. May this be the goal and desire of your life, and as a church, we want to help people come into that life changing relationship with Jesus Christ. May that be a reality for you, God bless.