DAILY WORD 11/20/20
11. But you, Timothy, are a man of God; so run from all these evil things. Pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness.
12. Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have declared so well before many witnesses.
1 Timothy 6:11–12 NLT
As we near the conclusion of the Book of 1 Timothy, Paul offers his final admonitions to his young protégé as it comes to the Traits and Standards expected of those in positions of Christian Leadership. He has covered many subjects including false teachers, the proper ways to pray, Godly Conduct for men and women, the Spiritual Qualifications for Christian Leaders, and monetary concerns among others.
In today’s Passage, Paul gives Timothy his decisive lessons and begins to wrap up his letter by telling him to flee from and to steer clear of the many sins and temptations that he has been warning him about. He tells him to follow after Righteousness, Godliness, Faith, Love, Patience, and Meekness.
However, what Paul says next gives us a clear and telling view of his perspective on Christian Leadership and how it relates to the lives we lead as we march through this walk with Christ. In Verse 12, Paul tells Timothy to “Fight the Good Fight of Faith,”. This is a distinct indication of how he expects Christian Leaders to approach their duties and responsibilities as leaders in the Church.
To Paul, Christianity is “a fight, an intense struggle that requires persevering in loyalty in Christ and contending with adversaries of the Gospel.” (note: The Full Life Study Bible p.1913) It is not just a Responsibility to spread God’s Word and His Gospel, it is a battle for the souls of the lost and it must be fought in much the way as we fight a war.
He goes on and tells Timothy that he must do whatever it takes to “lay hold on Eternal Life”. He says that this is what he has been Called to do and that as such, he has already declared as much in front of many witnesses. His devotion and faithfulness have been proven. He is a warrior for Christ and he wants to make sure that Timothy is also a well-trained general, marshaling his troops for the coming war.
As we consider taking on the grave Responsibilities of Christian Leadership it would behoove us to keep these admonitions in mind and to never forget that this is indeed a war and that the enemy will never hesitate to go for the kill shot! If the devil sees an opening, he will do whatever he has to do to claim our souls for destruction.
That means we have to be prepared to do everything in our power to win…at all costs. As the old saying goes; “All’s fair in love and war.” If that is the case, then the Love of God should have us all ready to fight the Good Fight to win souls for the Kingdom. If all souls are precious, then no other action is even worthy of consideration.
Have a Fantastic Friday and Stay Safe out there!