1Timothy 6:12, “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses”.
Christians fight battles every day. If you are not fighting battles, you may need to examine yourself and see if you are in the faith. I’m yet to meet someone who has no battles to fight. Every one will tell us of some types battle they are engaged in. People don’t engage themselves in battles to be losers, they battle because they want to win. The devil hopes you will throw down your weapons and surrender. Who in their right mind would do that?
I have come to realize that our winning strategy in a battle is not necessarily based on how strong we are but how willing we are to fight our way through. In a boxing match, the boxers are tough, trained to fight to win and so is in wrestling. For us believers, we are reminded that the battle is not for the strong neither is the race for the swift but for those who endure.
Fight is to strive vigorously and resolutely or to contend with a struggle against or a confrontation between opposing groups in which they attempt to harm or gain power over. Fight involves force, tactics and skills to over overcome. To continue to live for Christ requires fights everyday and that means fighting temptations, fears, depression etc. In 2Timothy 2:3, says, “You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ”. This reminds us that for us to maintain the free gift of eternal life, we must by all means fight to endure all things that try to take it off our hands. As soldiers we go to the battle field to fight and not just fight but fight to win. Fighting to win will require endurance as we push our enemy back. It’s our responsibility to fight for the truth.
1Timothy 6:12, “Fight the good fight of faith…”. We can fight but the question is, are we fighting the good fight? the good fight is fighting that which we know is right in the sight of the Lord. While writing to Timothy, Paul tells him to fight the good fight of faith meaning fight for your salvation, defend it, nurture it because there will be things that will come around to terminate it. Then he tells him, “...lay hold on eternal life”, to remind him to cling on to the gift of eternal life he had received to which he made the declaration in the presence of many witnesses. Paul is advising Timothy all these that in the long run, he may look back at the many battles he endured and rejoice over them. Many terminate their salvation because the fight is fierce but who said it will be an easy journey? Salvation is free, maintaining it requires a fight.
2Timothy 4:7, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith“. Think about Paul speaking these things and look at the battles in his life. They took away his freedom, they stoned and left him for dead, they took away his possessions, his future, churches he ministered in, his life. One thing they could not take away from him was his faith. He fought a good fight by enduring life obstacles, he finished his race without giving up or fainting on the way. I can’t tell what speed he was doing but the speed did not matter, the fact that he finished the race shows how faithful he was. And most definitely, he kept the faith (salvation).
It’s worth fighting the good fight of faith even when everything around you is falling apart. Everything can be taken away but your faith unless you give it away in other words let go. It’s not how you start that matters, it’s how you fight, endure and finish. Any one can start a marathon but who will endure to the finish line? Can you say in the long run, “I fought a good fight, I finished the race, I kept the faith?”. Fight the good fight till the end. Blessings Evans