11But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
Life is hard. Many can come to the conclusion simply because the struggles we endure. In all honesty, I was going to make this more into an encouraging article but in turn the words simply are manifesting as my thoughts or feelings upon the subject. I’ve heard all my life growing up, you make life how ever you envision it, life is a gift, you ultimately determine if it will be “hard”. One thing I can say to this is it’s true, but now living the Christian life, I can tell you it’s a constant battle.
To arm ourselves in and put on the armor of God(Ephesians 6:10-18). There is a war, many people don’t see it, drawn to choices or struggles of living within this world we at times forget we were made to be eternal, this world is temporary. Sure, a non believer, atheist, can say once we die we simply wish to exist. Though that would indeed sound nice, I’ve found there is more to my life, that there is a God and so I come to believe in him. In coming to this belief and servitude, I am placed now in the “good fight”. There’s a war between God and the world, sin, death. Satan being the opposing end, the “god” of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4), leading men in rebellion to God, enticing them to follow in their selfish natures derived from Adam. And so here I am, writing of this fight, not merely in a grand scale but a personal one as well.
During my early church days, I was never really taught that true Christians would struggle, we would be persecuted, mocked, judged, and face temptation on a daily basis that many fall prey to. The reality is, being of the world seems easy. I understand why the road is narrow ( Matthew 7:14). Simply by walking or driving to work I would be bombarded by things I see around, from people feeding their ego, to ways to entice lust, temptations, anger and greed sparked through people, wars between brethren, hate, racism, and etc. I can be honest and say one of my biggest struggles is pride, self control in my urges as well, though my focus is now on God, I do not long for the walk alone and would need an Eve because of that. Yet I was always told to be “positive” not give it to God, to look for him though my life in this world may go through troubles.
I learned that money really is not my focus, God does provide, but as well still battling with my choices of having a decent paying job. For someone who loves to write, to teach the word of God, it would be easy to succumb to a paying job yet the path God is leading me is to teach and write. Even amongst just the sacrifices I’ve made of stopping college to help my family and now in my mid 20s, life is catching up to me, bills, and then things the world claims I need while basic necessities and still trying to keep my family afloat. My chances at actually finishing school or even finding a job in what I truly love seem slim. Yet here I am, writing every 2 days an article, quotes, poems, songs, teaching his word and though I don’t get paid for it, I feel more fulfilled doing this than going to an actual “job”. I consider this job more important, my calling.
I stand and contemplate on life as a whole, the songs or things we see and just shake my head, we’ve fallen so far. Not even amongst just saying that we drifted from god though we have, we as people are losing sight of what makes us human, our morals, love, everything is twisted. Yet that’s why I am writing this, to fight the good fight, to not lose hope and in a way also show others you are not alone. We are not called to conform, partake in old ways, but grow. It isn’t easy, there are friends who will invite you to things like clubs, gyms where you will hear the music, situations where you will want to serve yourself, but abide in god, for if we truly love him we will obey his commandments and fight sin. We are not of this world (john 15:19), we cannot serve 2 masters (Matthew 6:24), we either serve God or the world (the lust of the flesh and etc which is under Satan). But in God we find refuge (psalm 91:2) and strength. He has given us power through his name and by the spirit (Mark 16:17-18). In Jesus we have peace though we endure tribulation (john 16:33). Our fight is against sin, the darkness, principalities, lies, defending the truth, sharing the gospel and helping one another but overall love for God and people. Remember though this is a good fight, this is war. Be blessed.