“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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A Time of No Shame!

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“And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.” Genesis 2:25

The dispensation of innocence was a real time in our real history.  The pain of sin had not touched the world and the guilt of wrong wasn’t on any mind at that time.  The beautiful creation of humanity was unobstructed by these.

When the Fall entered in, with it entered a host of turmoil, and problems, and disfunction.  With it, entered in sin.  The beautiful creation was now out of whack from its original design.  That which was pure has now become tainted.  That which was whole has now become marred and broken.

During that time of innocence, shame did not walk the streets with the naked.  There was nothing reproachful or unhealthy in the view of humanity.  No discord in the body, heart, or mind was felt because it just did not exist then.

Friend, I encourage you with these words today.  There will come a time when we will walk streets again without the need to feel we must hide.  We will experience the joy of pureness again.  We will carry on without carrying with us the burdens of shame and regret.  We will enter a time when all tears will be wiped away along with the reasons that caused them.

The original creation walked naked and unashamed.  Unashamed.  Can we even begin to grasp the impact of all that word meant then and what it will mean in our future?

The wrongs that we have done and the things that we have a hard time seeing past just won’t be in our heavenly home.  Covered in the blood of the Savior, we stand right before God.  Not because of us, but because For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Corinthians 5:21). 

That will be a time of no shame.  Yes, when Jesus freed us, we are privileged to walk in our day without it.  But, in that time and in that place, we won’t even see it.  Just as Adam and Eve didn’t see that they were naked, the things that we are so used to associating with shame will not be seen by us.  When we open our eyes in that place, all we will see is a purity that cannot be explained or fathomed on this side of glory.  For now, when we look around, the evidence of the Fall is everywhere.  But there, not even the slightest hint of shame will be seen because it never existed in that place.  And among the saints there, they are now redeemed and no longer spotted from the trials of this life: “And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints” (Revelation 19:8). 

For her, the Church, the redeemed, everything has been made “clean and white.”  She doesn’t carry with her into glory the shame of her yesterdays, for that day, in our heavenly abode, she enjoys, in Jesus Christ, being freed forever.  He took the shame (Hebrews 12:2) for each one and bore it all in His own body and through His sacrifice. 

  • “For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.” – Romans 10:11
  • “They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.” – Psalm 34:5
  • “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” – Isaiah 1:18
  • “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” – Revelation 21:4

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