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 6:12(ESV)
The Christian life is a difficult struggle which contains many different pitfalls, which Paul describes as a good fight. It is not a fight against God but rather a struggle against the world, the flesh, the devil and our own self-will. Fighting the good fight of faith is not so much hostile combat against a physical enemy, but rather rising to a challenge of the Christian life, or confidently taking hold of the eternal life that is ours in Christ
Each enemy is harmful to the soul and detrimental to our spiritual growth and so each must be earnestly resisted. Praise God that this is not an evil fight but a good fight, for the battle has already been won by Christ’s victory on the cross and we are to face all the challenges of life by faith in Him, trusting in His sufficiency to bring us through victoriously.
We are to fight the good fight of faith by seizing hold of every opportunity, trusting His all-sufficient grace to bring us through by faith, rather than wilting at the enormity of a problem or caving into the temptation that faces us.
When we fight the fight of faith we are trusting Him in all things and in so doing we are taking hold of eternal life. Eternal life is not only about living for ever in the life to come but is about living a victorious life in the here and now. It is about growing in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus, and developing a precious intimacy with Him as we abide securely in His love.
Christ went the same way before us and patiently endured the cross, despising the shame in humble submission to the will of the Father – And like Him our life is to be a testimony to His faithfulness – for it is as we run the race that is set before us, with patient endurance and a determination to do all to the glory of God, that we fight the good fight of faith and take hold of the eternal life to which we are all called – so that we may ensure a good confession in the presence of many witnesses,
Loving Father, I want to fight the good fight of faith, knowing that victory over the world, the flesh and the devil has already been won, by faith in Christ. May I face the challenges of my life in Your strength, and to Your glory, in Christ’s name I pray, AMEN.