Life can be tough, unfair, and unbalanced. At best it is challenging and a fight for a good life. As a believer we are commissioned to “fight” the “good” fight of faith. For the past several days I have been pondering this Scripture. I Timothy 6:12 “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.”
Reflecting upon the comments and responses of most Christians with whom I come in contact when I ask the question, “How are you?” I am perplexed by most answers in light of this Scripture.
Most respond something like this, “well I am just trying to survive….” I well remember the old fashion testimonial services where a well meaning saint would stand and say “just pray for me that I can make it to the end…” While these comments are sincere and sound fine to my “religious” ears, is this REALLY to be the response of the believer? Is this the attitude Timothy commissioned us to have in our daily fight?
Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Timothy says to “fight the GOOD fight of faith…” Good in the original language means beautiful, as an outward sign of the inward good: “kalós – attractively good; good that inspires (motivates) others to embrace what is lovely (beautiful, praiseworthy); i.e. well done so as to be winsome (appealing).” (Helps-Word Study)
So my question for you and ME is “What does our “fighting” the good fight of faith look like to others?” Would they say “_____ is fighting the fight of faith that is attractive, inspiring, beautiful, and praiseworthy?” or would others say, “_____ is beat down, worn out and sure hope I never have their faith walk?”
Written by: Teri Winters @teriwinters.com