Fight the good fight!
Scripture reading for December 7th: 1 Timothy 4-6
Do you fight to keep your focus on Jesus Christ? Do the things of this world compete for your attention? Timothy, a young pastor, was encouraged to wage a “good fight” by the great Apostle Paul.
In Timothy’s day, as ours, one of the distractions was money. Many got caught in the pursuit of riches and the love of money became a driving force in their life. They fell into temptation and the trap of the Devil, opening the door in their lives for ruin and destruction! (1 Timothy 6:6-10) Some had wandered from the faith and brought grief into their lives!
“But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith. Take hold of eternal life, to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” (1 Timothy 6:11-12) Paul encouraged his young pastoral protege to flee from this trap. He was to pursue righteousness and all the qualities of godliness. We get what we focus on!
The strategy for those who do have money is to fight the fight of faith by generous giving! (1 Timothy 6:17-19) Timothy was to be faithful to warn them not to put their faith in riches. Riches are very uncertain and can soon vanish or become worthless. The only way to insure eternal value is to use your riches to win people to the Lord. A firm foundation for the future of life with the Lord will be eternal riches of those won to the Kingdom through generous giving!
“Timothy, guard what has be entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and in so doing have wandered from the faith.” 1 Timothy 6:20-21
The war is waged in every-day living. We must always be on guard. Some claim knowledge that is opposed to God’s word, causing them to wander away from faith in Christ. We must know the true word of God and live by it to keep from being seduced. Profession is not always possession! We must guard the truth and stay away from distractions like gossip and false doctrine. Fight the good fight today and lay hold of true riches!