But you, man of God, run from these things,
and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith,
love, endurance, and gentleness.(1 Tim. 6.11, HCSB)

Paul sets up a contrast here.  There are those who love money (vs. 10) and then there is what Timothy should be like.  In the Greek the words but you are emphasized so that Timothy does not miss the sharp contrast between what the lovers of money are like and what he should be like—a contrast, by the way, with which some of the megapastors in America should concern themselves.

Rather than loving money, as men and women of God we should run from these sorts of values, and run to the pursuit of righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness.  These are values with which God is pleased.

We live in a culture absolutely besotted with materialism; let the Christian who has remained unstained by this value cast the first stone.  It is something with which we all must wrestle to keep it from infiltrating our souls slowly and silently.

 

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