We Were Made To Live Passionately

1 Timothy 6.11-12 commands, you, Timothy, man of God: Run for your life from all this. Pursue a righteous life—a life of wonder, faith, love, steadiness, courtesy. Run hard and fast in the faith. Seize the eternal life, the life you were called to, the life you so fervently embraced in the presence of so many witnesses.

The successful businessman, the Olympic athlete, the small child on Christmas morning, all know the meaning of run hard and fast toward the goal, to seize the day and to fervently embrace the desire of their affection. This picture is to be the normal Christian life.

When we awake we are to turn our thoughts upon God. As we go about our day we are to demonstrate the goodness of God, the generosity of God, the kindness of God, the mercy of God, the grace of God and the love of God. As we lay our heads back down at night we are to thank God for the day and assess our fruitfulness in it, measuring our deeds against His commands and His promises, that after we have gone into His world to fish for men we shall return bearing much fruit, proving ourselves to be His disciples.

The Christian life is both mundane in that it is daily and adventuresome in that it is new every morning. What God has in store for us to use us for His bringing about His kingdom upon the earth as it is in heaven requires all that we are and more so that we experience Him working in us and through us for accomplishing His work for His glory.

This is the life of faith, of wonder, of abundant life promised to us by God Himself when He lived among us as one of us. It is for the man who runs after God, who pursues Him passionately, seeking to love Him totally.

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