Most people give up doing what they’re doing before they finish it. If things don’t come easy, then we don’t try. The problem with that thinking is that nothing worth having comes easy. You’ve got to have some fight in you. This is even true with our faith. Paul tells us to fight the good fight of faith.
“Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of eternal life to which you were called and about which you have made a good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”
Don’t Give Up
Paul loved to use athletic metaphors in his writing. He tells us to run the race to win, train to get the prize, and fight the good fight. All of those talk about the effort in our faith. The gift of salvation is free, but after that, there needs to be some effort on our part. Faith is a living breathing thing. We have to put our trust in God and keep trusting Him through everything. He doesn’t want Timothy to give in because he is discouraged, but to press on and take hold of the eternal life God has waiting for him.
How do you fight the good fight of faith? Paul gives us multiple examples, but I want to focus on two. First, you need to commit to serving the Lord. To be a servant means you put yourself under a master and work to do their will. As a Christian, we need to take the servant posture. We need to stop looking for God to serve us and start to do what He needs us to do. Second, we need to trust His sovereignty. His direction for us is better than our plans. When we learn to trust that our faith grows.
You’ve Got to Have Some Fight in You
You’ve got to have some fight in you. Keep serving even when it isn’t fun anymore. Walk through the doors God opens for you and stop trying to open the ones He has closed. Most of all, don’t give up when you are discouraged. There is so much waiting for you on the other side.