“They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.”
1 Timothy 6:18-19
Our goal should be to take hold of that which is truly life. We encounter so many distractions in our days, various choices we can make and focuses we can have. But our hopes are to be set on God, “who richly provides us with everything to enjoy” (1 Timothy 6:17).
“Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness” (1 Timothy 6:11). This is what our life should look like. An intentional pursuit of righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, and gentleness; a life in which all these characteristics are displayed in our generosity and good works toward those around us.
In short, this is us pursuing Christ. This is what it looks like. This is how His life is evident in us. If we are taking hold of that which is truly life, if we are trusting in our God and choosing to love and follow Him, these fruits will be seen in us. Not because we are strong enough in ourselves to change our hearts and make ourselves better, but because we surrender to the working of the Spirit of God inside us. He does what is impossible. He transforms us into the image of Christ. So we can be holy as He is holy. So we can pursue gentleness, steadfastness, love, faith, godliness, and righteousness, and can look to the interests of others and be generous with what God has entrusted to us.
We hold fast to the Word of God, “for it is no empty word for you, but your very life” (Deuteronomy 32:47). This is where true life is found—in the words of our God. In His commandments. In His promises. In His Spirit, which fills these verses with power and opens our eyes to their truth.
Today, hold fast to His Word. Fix your eyes on Christ. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, and gentleness. Be generous and rich in good works. In doing so, you will store up treasure that you can never lose—treasure that will satisfy your soul—and which you will enjoy for eternity.