1 Timothy 6 verses 11 and 12 tell us,
“But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 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.”
Now, as Christians, what does this mean? What is this telling us to do? How do we "Fight the good fight?"
1. Humble Yourself (You need God, He doesn’t need you)
Earlier in verses 6-10, Paul tells us that God doesn’t need us, but He wants us. He wants to use us to fulfill His plan and give us a purpose which we need to humble ourselves and surrender everything to be a part of. And because He doesn’t need us, we shouldn’t expect to be given everything. Even if all we get is food and clothing, we should be content. Paul says that we can so often turn into the worst versions of ourselves when it comes to getting things, like money.
2. Push Through
Verse 11 then goes on and says that as men of God, we push towards a life of righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. It can be so hard to stick to our roots of a faithful and righteous lifestyle. But we need to continually get better at staying in that lifestyle. We are not perfect and never will be, but we should always try to get closer to Christ through everything, including our actions. Now that doesn’t mean there are better or worse Christians, it just means that we all need to get better no matter what. We need to push through those times we mess up and have grace propel us forward towards living more for Christ.
3. Fight the Good Fight
As Christians, we need to continue to fight. A way to keep us fighting is to have that grace propel us, but also to just remember who we are and who God is. We are children of God. We will live eternally with Jesus in Heaven so we just need to live here for now. Remember why you are still going. Remember that one day we will reach eternity. This world is only temporary. No matter how hard it gets, no matter how many times you slip up, no matter how much you get made fun of or how bad you get hurt by others, you will live with Jesus Christ in heaven and it will all be worth it.
So, be humble, push through it, and just keep fighting. The joy that is in Christ will keep you going each and everyday if you grow closer to Him. So keep fighting warriors! You are a child of the King.
By: Josh Toney