“Our Upward Focus”

“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.” 1 Timothy 6:12

Fighting the good fight of faith is not about putting your dukes up.  It is all about putting your faith up.  It is more about taking a stand than taking a punch.  It’s ordering one’s life and steps according to the will of God for our lives (Psalms 119:133).  It is running the race of this Christian life and competing in this spiritual contest, pushing toward the finish line with every ounce of effort one possesses because there is a wonderful goal up ahead.

While we are pushing forth in the defense and protection and adherence of what we believe, we are doing it with the intent of laying hold of a prize.  Our prize is “eternal life” that we are living for.  At the end of any contest or struggle, there is something wonderful in our view, something magnificent that we are looking forward to.  Our stand through all we are facing today is in light of the victory we are promised to gain at the end, which is “eternal life.”

Heaven belongs to the believers!  Get that in your spirit today.  Life eternal is the ultimate prize for the one who refuses to give in or give up; to the one who does not get entangled by the things of this world others are chasing after (compare 2 Timothy 2:4).  That’s why Jesus taught, “Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for the meat which endureth unto everlasting life…” (John 6:27).  We have something better than money; we have something better than the materialistic things and social status’ to lay hold of down here.

Our purpose in being “called” and of having this “profession” of faith is to pursue the things of God.  To be God-focused and heaven-focused, not world-focused and getting caught up in the things we presently see.  It is pushing past every contention here while keeping an upward focus for our future.

(Revised excerpt taken from my previously published article Pursuing the Good Fight of Faith Sunday School Lesson)

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