Scripture Lesson: 1Timothy 6:11-16
On this date in 1991 Rickey Henderson surpassed Lou Brock as the career stolen base leader with his 939th steal as the Oakland A’s defeat the New York Yankees 7-4. Henderson’s goal in baseball was to pursue and break the stolen base record. Henderson also holds the career record for runs scored with 2,295, is second behind Barry Bonds in career walks with 2,190, and ended his career with 3,055 hits. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2009.
Today’s Scripture lesson is advice Paul is giving to his young friend. Paul wants Timothy to pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness. What a great lesson for all of us today. If we spend our lives pursuing these things our faith will not only be strong, but we will continue to grow in our faith daily. We are called to live the right way, to take on the attributes of God, to have a strong faith, to love unconditionally, to endure through the tough times of life, and to be gentle as we live for Him. Paul also wants Timothy to hold on to eternal life that he received when he made his profession of faith.
1. Have we been pursuing the things Paul wanted Timothy to pursue? Which one is the easiest to do, the hardest to do?
2. How can we grow in our faith by pursuing these things?
3. How can we hold on to our eternal life as believers?
Rickey Henderson was relentless in his pursuit of the stolen base record, may we show the same pursuit of the things Paul calls us to pursue today!