Man of God (Part 3)
Man of God – 1 Timothy 6:11-14 Part 3 – A Man of God is Known by what He Fights for
"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." (1 Timothy 6:12)
As a man of God we are in a battle. It is a constant battle against the flesh, Satan, and the fallen world that loves sin and hates truth and holiness. Unfortunately, many of us don’t realize we are in a battle. Too many of us seek positions of ease and comfort, but as men of God, this is not the stance we are to take. We are called to fight!
The verb fight that Paul uses was used in both military and athletic contexts to describe concentration, discipline, conviction, and effort needed to win the battle or contest. This is not a one-time fight, but rather a battle of continuous nature. It is a fight that we have daily in our lives as men of God. Therefore, we as men of God are called to continually fight a good and noble fight against Satan’s kingdom. You see, the man of God does not engage in the petty, meaningless battles of this world. The man of God sets his mind on things above, not things on earth, knowing that our citizenship in heaven is what matters and what we need to fight for. By doing this, we take hold of the eternal life to which each of us was called.
This week’s challenge: If the Christian life is like a good fight, how are you doing: Still in training? Bobbing and weaving? Winded? Do you have a trainer in your corner?