1 Timothy chapters 4-6 allow for the possibility of several different directions for teaching. Including, a warning regarding the teachings of “later times”, direction regarding the care of widows, false teachers and the love of money, but, I want to point out one particular spot in chapter 6 that can help us overcome many of the obstacles we face today.
Paul is writing to Timothy a final charge and says this in chapter 6 verse 11-12 “ But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses”
Paul is advising Timothy as a young man of God to run from all of these things but he goes a step further by suggesting a “how”… How do we flee from all of these things? How do we pursue righteousness godliness, faith, love, etc…? We must “Take Hold” of the eternal life that we are given through Christ. The phrase take hold means to grasp, grip, or seize it. We must hang on tight to the gift that God has given us through Christ in order to stand firm against the arrows from our enemy.