RUN! (1 Timothy 6:11b)Jan 28, 2024
11 But you, man of God, flee from all this,
Run from "all this."
What is all this? In a nutshell, isn't it the love of money, which is a root of all kinds of evil, that has caused some to wander from the faith and bring grief on themselves?
For some reason, this made me think of the classic horror movies (which I don't watch) where there's a ghost or a monster or an evil maniac in the basement, and for some reason the teenage girl, usually wearing little, has to go down the dark stairs, after flipping the light switch several times and discovering that the power has gone out. What could go wrong? And the people in the theatre are thinking (or screaming!) "NO! Don't go down there! This isn't going to end well for you! RUN!"
Okay, it would be a very short movie if she left the haunted house or the decrepit mansion or the dark basement and instead went home. But who wants to live in a horror movie? When there is danger in front of you, run!
I also think of the first responders whose job it is to run into the mayhem, the fire, the gun-toting gang, or the enemy. For the rest of us, we are safer and so are they if we exit the scene as quickly as possible.
Don't dawdle. Don't hang around long enough to get the adrenalin rush that comes with danger. Get out of there! If you're finding yourself being reeled in by the power of the love of money, spit the bait out of your mouth! Remember that the root of the word "deceit" is fishhook. No fish ever said to itself, "That fishhook looks tasty!" but they have said, "That little morsel - that chunk of worm - that lure - looks good enough to eat!"
Good word - lure. So attractive, and so deadly! The definition of "alluring" is "powerfully and mysteriously attractive or fascinating, seductive." The love of money is enticing, seductive, captivating, enchanting, magnetizing - and deadly.
And our immediate response is probably, "No problem. I can handle this. I won't let any of this get in the way of my relationship with the Lord. I'm different - I can control myself. And besides, God wants what's best for me…" and the hook is set.
RUN! Do not walk.
If you are in a building, and the fire alarm goes off, what do you do?
Well, I think first of all, you make sure it's a real alarm. Then, you would try to get a sense of where the fire is. If it's in the garbage basket beside your desk, you would respond differently than if it's at the other end of the building. And you would respond differently if it's on a floor below you than if it's on a floor above you. But your goal ought to be to get out of there (unless you can put out the fire next to your desk) as quickly and as safely as you can. Run? Probably not, unless it's right on top of you, but don't dawdle!
I don't think we always understand the urgency that Paul is conveying here. We can often see these kinds of warnings as being for others, but not for us, because we can handle it. But why chance it? What makes you think you are so special? Do you think you can handle yourself? Really?
Do you want to be victorious in your relationship with God? Do you want to be remembered as a person of God? Then RUN from "these things."
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