Many Christians today, unfortunately, live in unrighteousness. Many live in unrighteousness, because they do not understand the value of righteousness. Their value is wrongly placed on other things.
Disappointingly, material things like money are greatly valued in churches today. A lot of pastors, for instance, are more interested in the number of people that come to their churches. They value the crowd, their physical facilities, buildings, equipments, and other material things more than righteousness. These men pastor churches, yet their homes are broken; their children are unruly; they are living in sin. Their personal lives do not reflect the principles of godly living, yet they have big churches. They value things that are ephemeral above righteousness.
A lot of Christians today value money, jobs, excellence in academics, marriage, and other physical things, more than righteousness. You see a lot of Christian folks who are more interested in acquiring material possessions than in righteousness.
“Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call in the name of the Lord out of a pure heart.”
~2 Timothy 2: 22
Apostle Paul while advising Timothy, told him to pursue righteousness. Apostle Paul understood that righteousness has more worth than the ephemeral things that could entice Timothy. So he warned him to focus on that which was of greater value.
So the question now is, what do you really value? It is a question only you can truly answer, and this calls for soul-searching. You have to carefully examine your value-system and know what truly ranks high in your heart.
Timothy 2: 22
“Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call in the name of the Lord out of a pure heart.”
Heavenly Father, Please help me to value the things that are important to you. Enable me to earnestly pursue righteousness, in Jesus’ mighty name.