In 1 Timothy 6:11, Paul tells Timothy:
But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.
God continually instructs us to flee from sin in the Bible. This seems obvious to the believer; we know, theoretically, that the “wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:32). However, we sometimes succumb to a flirtation with sin in the moment. Our reward is pain, confusion, and destruction. I’d like to offer you a picture that may help you flee from your next temptation…
I was driving to football practice one afternoon last week. In the road some distance ahead I saw a gray squirrel (incidentally, the gray squirrel was designated the official state mammal of North Carolina in 1969). He was moving at a brisk pace (ever seen a leisurely squirrel?) while foraging. However, when he saw my car approaching, he did three things.
- He dropped his center of gravity.
- He pulled his tail over its back.
- He raced off the road in a frenzied blur.
We need to respond to sin in exactly the same way. When faced with temptation, we need to drop down and place our feet firmly on the scripture and God’s past faithfulness in our lives. We then need to pull back from all entanglements with the ongoing danger. Leave your tail out and it might get run over. Finally, we need to RUN! Don’t stick around to become prey to the “roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8).