Maximillian Amadeus Banzai (banzai) wrote,
Maximillian Amadeus Banzai

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Taking hold

If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain.

—1 Timothy 6:3-5

Paul is alluding to a specific category of error here (those who taught with financial gain as a goal), but this phrase captured my attention: "He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words...." Perhaps I'm mistaken, but I think that particular critique can apply in other cases and is a warning worth heeding. I can be such a man, and it's good to be reminded of God's opinion of my actions then. It's also good to reinforce my distaste for that kind of attitude, whether rooted in money or not.

The beginning of Paul's subsequent charge to Timothy reveals the better place to be, and it's a calling that applies to all believers:

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 6:11-12

This morning finds me weary but encouraged. Yesterday was a bit scattered, and I look forward to a fresh week ahead. The invitation to take hold of the eternal life to which I is ever before me, and I wonder why I am often so hesitant and downright rebellious against doing so. But I suspect the reasons why are not nearly so important as the simple act of taking hold, of reaching out to grasp the wounded hand and outstretched arm that already and forever have taken hold of me.
Tags: scripture, struggle, the gospel

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