1 Timothy 6:12 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.
Most wars are instigated and then propagated by those with impure and mostly evil motives. Men fight these fleshly wars to satisfy their own lusts, yet the Christian warfare is ordered of the Lord. Unlike carnal wars, this battle is one of faith. The battle plans are given by the Captain seated in heaven, and these directives must be accepted by faith. In fact, the Bible refers to the warfare that is the Christian life as a “good fight.” At this present time, it is the only war declared with unwavering certainty to be ordered and completely ordained by God. Victories and defeats may not always be as visible, and the toll of wounded or killed will never be reported on the daily news, but the results of this battle have far greater significance than any war fought between two earthly people groups. Every Christian should be willing to fight the good fight of faith.
- (For children): You are asked to clean your room. You do not want to clean it, but then you remember Colossians 3:20 and clean it anyway. You just won a good fight because you did what God wanted you to do and refused to disobey like the Devil wanted.
- (For everyone): What does the Bible suggest when it calls the Christian life a “fight of faith”? How does this identify many of the earthly wars fought in the name of Christianity as unscriptural?
- How can the Christian warfare be called a good fight? What makes this warfare good while the vast majority of the wars fought by men are evil?
- Ask God to help you see the faith involved in the believer’s fight.
- Ask the Lord to help you fight the good fight.