1 Timothy 6:12 – “Fight the good fight of faith, layhold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”
Usually fights are not associated with something good or pleasant. Children and teenagers who fight at school get in trouble, and adults who fight at home or in the workplace are possibly not very mature.
Spiritually, the fight of faith is good and its rewards are eternal. We as believers fight not a physical fight, and we are well warned that “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the spiritual forces of evil.” (Ephesians 6:12). We also fight against our own emotions, and Paul writes it well “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” (Romans 7:15). And, “I do not fight like a man beating the air.” (1 Corinthians 9:26).
So our fight is also to keep our own faith, because this gift of God is what sustains us and equips us to be able to endure all the challenges that we face, whether it is spiritual, emotional, or physical.
We all have our struggles, we all need to “fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2). We are fighting the good fight of faith, we are also running a good race, and we have the best coach in the universe! We are not fighting in vain, neither are we running aimlessly – we know exactly where we are going: to receive our eternal crown of righteousness, a glorious and eternal crown. (2 Timothy 4:8).
Let us decide to say as the Apostle Paul did: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith!” (2 Timothy 4:7) Amen!