But you, Timothy, are a man of God; so run from all these evil things. Pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness. Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have confessed so well before many witnesses. (1 Timothy 6:11, 12 NLT)
Run…pursue…fight…hold…the truth of Christianity and the teachings of Jesus require purposeful action. Jesus is not a guru who shares aphorisms to be contemplated or riddles to be unlocked. His words are a call to action, both to be more like Him, and to be His hands and feet in the world. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t spend time in reflection; in some cases it’s not clear what God is calling us to do. But when it comes to loving Him and loving others, Jesus was unequivocal about us pouring our whole beings into those commandments. And we must be active, not passive, because there are many competing voices & worldviews vying for our attention and affection.