Seizing the Reward
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)
As a follower of Jesus, eternal life is our ultimate reward. But, we don’t obtain this great reward by sitting back and being idle. You see, too many followers of Jesus are lukewarm and they treat their relationship with Him with great passivity. Our walk with Him is not meant to be passive. Rather, our walk with Jesus is to be an active walk, a walk where we take responsibility in that relationship, a walk in which we are told to work out our salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12), a walk in which we are called to seize, to “take hold” (1 Tim. 6:12), of the eternal life.
Now, you “take hold” of the eternal life by having an active faith. This requires obedience and having courage to do what is right. It requires fleeing, pursuing, and fighting (1 Tim. 6:11). It requires a lot less talk and a lot more action on our part. It means spending more time with God. So, don’t wait. Get going and “take hold” of the greatest reward that God has for you. The reward of eternal life.