“You are a man of God. Your quest is for justice, godliness, faithfulness, love, perseverance, and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith! Cling to the eternal life you were called to when you confessed the good confession before witnesses. Before God—the life-giving Creator of all things—and Jesus the Anointed, our Liberating King, who made the good confession to Pontius Pilate, I urge you: keep His commandment. Have a spotless, indisputable record until our Lord Jesus the Anointed appears to set this world straight. In His own perfect time, He will come…” (1 Timothy 6:11-15a)
I’ll be honest: sometimes, when I read the Bible, I get tired.
Why? Because I know what a good quest looks like. I am familiar with Lord of the Rings. I’ve seen Indiana Jones,The Princess Bride and Guardians of the Galaxy; I’ve read about King Arthur’s search for the Holy Grail and Ulysses' odyssey to get back home. I know about the pursuit of Superbowl rings and even that little bird in the kid’s stories who just wants to find his mother.
That's why I get tired. I know what a quest is.
When we find a cause we believe is worthy of their time, energy and emotion, we will give our life. Sometimes it’s subconscious – we just end up giving our time, energy and emotion to something we have by default decided is important. It could be people, or relationships, or family, or a job, or food or entertainment. It could be a conscious choice: the environment, healthy living, injustice, poverty, a particular person.
When the cause is noble, just, and good, we applaud those who fight no matter the cost. We admire William Wilberforce and Mother Theresa – and our friends who fight to become better people so that they don’t implode and take others down with them. It might cost them time, money, and comfort, but we encourage them because the cost is nothing compared with the quest.
When the cause is lousy, we cringe at what great cost is being spent on such an unworthy goal. Just watch an episode of the Bachelor or Jersey Shore or Honey Boo Boo and tell me if you don’t just want to weep for the lives that are being wasted.
The Bible says that, if we are not careful, our quest can destroy us. Money. Fame. Comfort. Beauty. Toys. Sex. Power. We could gain the whole world and lose our soul. But there are good quests, too, like those aimed toward justice, godliness, faithfulness, love, perseverance, and gentleness.