Confess & Fight - Friday, February 15th 2013
"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."
"Fight the good fight" is a phrase used in many areas of our culture. You will often hear it in music and movies, referring to the fight to do what's right. This is a good understanding of what Paul is speaking of, and yet there is more to it. Paul is not simply asking Timothy to put up a fight for things that are good, he is calling Timothy and all believers to hold firmly to their faith no matter the cost. In short, he is telling believers to not just say you follow Jesus but to actually live it. Paul recognized the confession of those whom he was writing, and yet he is challenging them to actually live out the calling that God has given them.
Today, the same challenge remains. We aren't called to give lip service to God but to actually serve Him. We aren't called to just confess our love for Him but to show it through sharing our faith, loving others and giving to the Lord. All these things are an outpouring of God's love in our heart. Today, no matter what you have planned, be ready to be used of God in a mighty way. When it comes, hold tight to the faith and fight the good fight so that all the world will see Jesus in you.
Life Lesson: Eternal life begins by choosing Christ and is a choice you make daily.
I know that life is difficult and sometimes it can be hard for me to live out the faith that I confess. I ask that You would give me a boldness to share my faith and love others unconditionally. Help me to see opportunities to live out Your love today and every day. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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