“It’s Time for Elevation-Elevate your Pursuit”
I. Temporal, Eternal, Contentment
A. John MacArthur says “Worldliness is any preoccupation with or interest in the temporal system of life that places anything perishable before that which is eternal.” It echoes 2 Corinthians 4:18 where the Apostle Paul declares by the Spirit, “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” In life, we are encouraged to pursue our dreams and of course, we should Dream Big! It is true that God wants us to “Dream Big!”, yet the object of our Dream differs from what the world encourages us to pursue.
B. As believers our aim is to be godly not worldly. Living otherly is not to be an isolated incident, but should be the characteristic of NT believers. It doesn’t mean we don’t live in the world but it means we don’t derive our existence from the world (system).
C. Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. (1 Timothy 6:6-12)
i. righteousness-1) in a broad sense: state of him who is as he ought to be, righteousness, the condition acceptable to God
ii. godliness-1) reverence, respect 2) piety towards God, godliness
iii. faith-1) conviction of the truth of anything,
iv. love-1) brotherly love, affection, good will, love, benevolence
v. steadfastness-1) steadfastness, constancy, endurance
vi. gentleness-1) gentleness, mildness, meekness
II. Press Toward the Mark
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:14)
A. This word “press” is the same Greek word (dioko) which means to pursue. This high calling we are to pursue is first eternal life in Christ which Paul refers to in I Timothy 6:12, for us to take hold of.
B. It is not just a call, but the call is to a person. JESUS is our righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, and meekness. I Corinthians 1:30, I Timothy 3:16, Hebrews 12:2, I John 4:16, Romans 15:5, 2 Corinthians 10:1 respectively.
C. The “mark” Skopos Thayer Definition:
1) an observer, a watchman
2) the distant mark looked at, the goal or end one has in view…Hebrews 12:2.
Both near and far our view or sight is to be fixed on Jesus in this life.
III. Elevate Our Pursuit
A. What are we looking for? What do we desire? What are we expending our energy on?
Things that pass away? Temporal pleasures? Vain pursuits?
B.“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you”