Flee and pursue. As a part of our Christian life, we must take action. In one case, we must flee from certain things and on the other side, there are several things we must pursue. Read 1 Timothy 6:11.
But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness.
1 TIMOTHY 6:11 NASB
Paul has just finished discussing several things that Timothy should avoid. And even more than just avoid, Paul says that Timothy must flee from them. Timothy must make a choice and intentionally run in the opposite direction from the things that were listed in the prior verses. At the same time, Timothy must also make a conscious choice to pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. These are things that do not come naturally and that he must be intentional about including in his life.
We are the same way. If we do not consciously choose to include righteousness, godliness, faithfullness, etc, then those things will not be part of our day-to-day life. We need to be intentional in our choices. What are we fleeing from today and what are we choosing to pursue?