Key Text: First Timothy 6:11-12
But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
I love the Apostle Paul’s letter to a young minister named Timothy – probably because I am a “Timothy” myself – once called into ministry by the church in which I had been raised.
I am also a fan of these powerful letters because they get right to the core of what living the Christian life is all about, not just for “professional clergy” but for all followers of Christ:
- Avoiding temptation
- Seeking deeper things than mere materialism
- Pursuing righteousness – not “self-righteousness” but true righteousness
- Learning what godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness are all about
It’s a great invitation to a life that is deep and full of meaning, not to mention one that will stretch into eternity.
But it doesn’t come easily – it is, quite literally, a “battle.”
That is why we have to “fight the good fight of the faith.”
Dark spiritual realities will try, time and again, to draw us away from the life God intends for us.
The good news is they can’t win.
We have the ability to “take hold” of the eternal life to which we have been called – and nothing can pull us away from it – not if we don’t let it.
So – men and women of God – grab on and hold on – life in the kingdom of God is yours!