"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. I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate, that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing, which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen!" 1 Timothy 6:12-16 (NKJV)
As I was preparing to write this morning I could hear a great deal of gunfire down the way. Although not a pleasant sound, I found comfort and assurance knowing it was simply my neighbors, who live about a half mile away, getting in a bit of target practice. Living in the canyon has its own set of pluses and minuses. The minus this morning was the noise of target practice, but it was a plus at the same time knowing it wasn't hostile gunfire. I know many live in areas where gunfire erupts regularly and it's not for target practice.
Thinking about the state of this world as I hear the noise, and praying for the situation in Israel, I can't help but contemplate what it means to be living in such a time as this. Now, more than ever, we need to be bold in our stance for truth and not shy away from the Great Commission. (See Matthew 28:19-20) The task of sharing the gospel was not just assigned to the early disciples. It is for each of us who call Jesus Lord and Savior.
Certainly, fighting isn't something most of us desire to do, and yet, if we don't stand boldly in the face of adversity, then we have given the victory over to the enemy.
It is something I refuse to do.
I know I cannot fight this in my own strength and constantly ask The Lord to fill me with His Spirit and might. Daily I must choose the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-20) and wait eagerly to hear what He would have me do. I then have to choose to obey Him in whatever the task He sends me to.
The sound of battle isn't what any of us desire to hear. The Lord will return for His people though, and we must be busy doing what He's called us to do. And so my friends, gird up. Stand firm. Fight the good fight until the Lord returns. When He comes for us we want to hear Him say "Well done, My good and faithful servant."