Word of the day:
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” – 2 Timothy 4:7
The whole chapter of 2 Timothy clearly displays the ministry of Paul. He’s encouraging Timothy to preach, to correct, rebuke, and to encourage. He knew his time is near, and he’s instructing his son Timothy to have heart, to stay on guard against persecutions. Paul mentioned names of people who stay with him and who left, so that Timothy will be on guard against the enemy. In one passage, he shared to Timothy that there was a time when everyone left him in the ministry, and yet, God remained on his side. And as a conclusion, he told Timothy that he’d fought a good fight, he’d finished the race, and he’d kept the faith.
That’s a ministry of Jesus Christ. We’re not supposed to lie on a bed of roses. Christian ministry is Christ’ ministry. It should be Christ-centered. Whatever/whoever opposed Christ is not for us. May it be your closest friend, your family, your wife/husband, even your partner in ministry – had they turned against the faith, you have to mark them. I believe that the principle that preserved Paul is that he is consistent with the Word of God. He did not swerve, he did not compromised. Perhaps, he gained the gospel in a hard way (being a persecutor of early Christians, been blinded on the way to Damascus). But hey, God is a God of diversity. We knew gospel in various ways. But it’s God that give us a substance of faith. It’s up to us to let it grow within us and shape us into maturity, or let it shrink within our sub-standards. ‘Sub-standards’ are alternative faith that we’re clinging into that is not aligned with the scripture. That’s where fight actually happens. People think that fighting on the faith is with the principles of the world only. Yes, it’s true, but let’s make sure we’d conquered our own principles before we embattle the outside principles. The reason why a lot of people are so hesitant in preaching the gospel is because they mirror themselves through the scriptures. And they don’t want that! They just want to live a Sunday lifestyle and live with the rest of the world. Fighting a good fight is winning over ourselves. Finishing the race is constantly winning against our own will and submitting to the will of the Father until the end. Keeping the faith is remaining in His course. Friends, the moment we won over ourselves, then we are ready to join the rest of us who face every wind of doctrines that sway the faith of the many. The weapon of the enemy is to swerve our faith, but if we already won over our own, how will they fight against us? And as we hold on to our faith, people will see from north to south the greatness of the Lord in our lives. People from east to west will see how His light shine upon us. And as they wonder “what’s with us” they will know we have a great God that is with us. That’s how we fight, that’s how we run, that’s how we keep the faith, and in the end, we will finish – strong.
Isn’t it fair to give our very best to our Maker?
-albert2jc / 02nd july 2011