Fighting the Good Fight
1 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.”
There are many battles you can get yourself involved with, but most battles will only take you away from what is really important to you walk with Christ. Satan loves it when the believer gets sidetracked by needless battles because they pull the believer away from reaching the lost.
You don’t have to look far to find a battle to get involved with, but you should only get involved in the good fight. What is this good fight? The good fight is the fight of faith. The fight of faith is found in verse 11. The good fight is to fight to live righteously and godly. The good fight is to fight to love people and be patient and meek. This is the good fight. If these things are the good fight that makes up the “good fight of faith,” that means that there are battles that will attack the good fight. What are these battles that you must guard against that attack the good fight of faith?
First, verse 1 shows that you must guard against dishonoring leaders. Nothing will hurt your faith more than disrespecting those who lead you. My friend, you will always find a reason to disrespect your leaders, but you must always remember that you should give them honor, not because of who they are, but because of the position they hold.
Second, verse 2 shows that you must guard your treatment of people. Position doesn’t give you a right to treat people in the wrong manner. It is just as wrong to treat people you lead wrong as it is for the follower to disrespect their leader. Respect goes two ways: it goes from follower to leader and leader to follower. When you learn to respect people, you will certainly respect God and His authority in your life.
Third, verse 4 shows that you must guard against pride. Pride is one of the greatest destroyers of good people, and it is also a great destroyer of faith. Pride is a great way to hurt the faith. You cannot be filled with self and at the same time be filled with compassion to reach the lost. You will find that pride will flee when you are compassionate and obedient enough to go reach the lost for Christ. Reaching the lost has a way of emptying the believer of pride, for pride is simply a result of self-focus.
Fourth, verse 4 continues to warn you to guard against strife. There is no place for strife in your life. Strife is often the result of a person trying to prove they are right. Strife is often the result of the believer thinking they must help God out in dealing with other’s weaknesses. My friend, God doesn’t need your help in dealing with the sins of others. If you would stop worrying about proving that you are right and focus on spreading the truth of God’s Word, you will find that you won’t have time to worry about others and what they are doing or have done.
Fifth, verse 6 shows that you must guard against discontentment. Discontentment is often the result of a love for money. A love for money is often the result of not being satisfied with what God has given you. If you would stay content with what you have, you will never have to worry about having a love for money.
Are you fighting the good fight, or are you fighting needless battles? Let me encourage you to stay in the good fight, for that is the only battle you can truly control.