“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.” 1 Timothy 6:12
Before my alarm clock goes off in the morning, there are a million things vying for my attention. You know the feeling, because you live in today’s society. There are demands and pressures at work; thoughts about how to be a supportive husband and father; bills that need to be taken care; people with whom I need to touch base. Each day begins and ends with its own set of challenges—that’s simply the nature of life.
We should understand that even living as a Christian, there will be struggles and pressure that can cause us to lose focus on our supreme calling to be a Christ-follower. Being a good moral person, paying your taxes on time, and volunteering at the local boys and girls club are noble tasks with which we all could and should be involved. However, there is a higher calling we must be willing to embrace if we are to attain God’s best for our lives. There is a struggle that is of eternal value we must be aware of if we are to “fight the good fight”.
I often think about how Paul attempted to make Timothy aware of obstacles along the Christian journey that would try to distract from the path of the Lord. I used to think mostly of the blatant landmines in the road: living a life that pleases ourselves rather than serving others, pursuing excesses like hard-living or getting upside down in debt. As my life progresses, I’ve come to see that most of my obstacles and potential obstacles have been more subtle. For me, it’s become more of a struggle of choosing between good things and the most important things, rather than good things and bad things. Because, let’s face it, we all have things in our lives that are worthwhile to pursue, but may cause us to sacrifice our calling to a deeper spiritual relationship with the Lord. Now more than ever, I realize the necessity of hearing God’s voice and following that path, at whatever cost. This probably means that there will be some good things that will go undone. I’m becoming okay with that, because I realize that I have limited resources, and I must make tough decisions if I will ever become all that God has called me to be. May the goals and ambitions I have for life flow through the lens of God’s plan and purpose for my life. If this doesn’t occur, I may be “fighting the rat race” while neglecting the “good fight” for eternity’s sake.
May the Lord help rekindle the spiritual resilience within us to draw nearer to Him, shaping our dreams and ambitions to the path He has for us each day.
Pastor Mel Reddy is the Lead Pastor at The Sanctuary