The Pursuit - Reflections
October 10, 2018 | Timothy Peace
“But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.” 1 Timothy 6:11.
I’m struck by the notion of pursuing “righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness.” I’m also struck by the notion that one cannot pursue two things at once. As Jesus says in Matthew 6:24,
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
This idea got me thinking about multitasking. Despite one’s high opinion of one’s self, multitasking is something a substantial majority of people cannot do, or, at least, cannot do well. I’ve thought, for instance, about how I’ve tried to do some reading and writing while listening to music with lyrical content and just how much more slowly I move through my work than if I were to work in quiet and in focus.
In our age of multitasking, coupled with our penchant for compartmentalizing our lives, it’s easy to fool ourselves into disregarding Paul and Jesus, saying to ourselves, “I can have it both ways.”
The truth is, if we pursue one thing, if we give our full attention to that pursuit, we don’t have enough left over for the simultaneous pursuit of something else. I can't dedicate my best effort when I split my attention between deep work and listening to music. So that’s the point: God wants our entire pursuit, not our half-hearted, compartmentalized, minute attempts at giving the appearance of being religious.
Pursue Jesus, and leave the rest behind.