A Man of God Fights
But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. (1 Timothy 6:11-12).
What are you fighting for you in your life?
Before you answer nothing, spend a little more time thinking about the question. What are you fighting for? You see, we are all fighting for something. If you exercise and it gets hard, you are told to fight through it. You may be fighting for your job. Maybe you or a loved one is fighting for their life. Perhaps you’re fighting to save your reputation. Have you ever fought for your marriage? I have.
We are all fighting for something and the things we fight for are what we value the most. The Apostle Paul tells Timothy to fight the “good fight of the faith” and likewise, we as followers of Jesus should fight the good fight of faith. But for many of us, our faith can be easily swayed. When we pray for healing of our sick child and it doesn't happen, our faith may weaken. Some give into the pressures of loved ones and walk away from their faith. Others give into the influence of this world and give up their faith. All around us there are temptations and pressures that have the ability to weaken our faith.
So, when you are faced with opposition of your faith in Jesus, what do you do? You, man of God “fight the good fight of the faith”; you plunge into the conflict. By doing so, by fighting the good fight of the faith, we obtain the reward that God wants to bestow on every believer, the fullness of eternal life (John 10:10).
This week, think about the battles that you are facing in your life. How is that fight affecting your faith?