Today’s reading is 2 Timothy 2-3.
We know what we are to pursue: righteousness, faith, love, and peace. But what are the “youthful passions” Paul encourages us to flee? I imagine we could consider the opposite of what we are to pursue, but we might also look in the context to gain some insight. Before Paul encourages this flight, he was talking about men who were changing the doctrine of Christ with irreverent babble that leads others astray. After he encourages the proper pursuit, he talks about people involved in foolish, ignorant controversies that breed quarrels. What do these have in common that appeals to youth? “I’ve figured out something new, you should follow me because I am more wise than my elders.” Certainly, whether young or old we must handle accurately the Word of Truth, which sometimes does mean correcting even what has long been taught. However, if we must do this, let’s make sure we are fleeing the youthful passions for notoriety, importance, significance, and personal glory and instead pursuing righteousness, faith, love, and peace along with our brethren, young and old.
A Word for Our Kids
Hey kids, don’t miss Paul’s instruction to Timothy about God’s Word of Truth. “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” Let that be your first aim as you grow up. I hope you learn math, science, English, literature, grammar, history, political science, and on the list goes. I hope you enjoy sports, entertainment, and recreation. However, before and above all that, make it your goals to understand God’s Word and to apply it accurately to your own life. There is no greater blessing than walking by the light of God’s Word.
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