1 Timothy 6:12 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.
I’m a pretty practical girl. Unfortunately, that same practicality often manifests itself through cynicism. Cynicism comes easy to me. One of my most vivid memories from elementary school was sitting at my desk, reading in our Weekly Reader (anyone else remember those?) This particular issue was about this new thing called the “World Wide Web.” I clearly remember my third grade teacher telling us that some day we students in our classrooms in the U.S. could be talking to students in their classrooms in China, all through the computer. While my friends whispered about how cool that would be, my thoughts were a bit different. I was thinking, “oh sure…just like we’re going to be living on the moon in a few years.” Inwardly I rolled my eyes as the discussion continued and my friends dreamed of the days we’d be living like the Jetsons and they’d have their very own Rosie the Robot.
While this same cynicism saved me from the fear my classmates endured when they were told that the lion statues at the end of the driveway that faced our playground contained real lions that were waiting to escape and eat small children, it has also made things like faith much more difficult.
When I read this chapter in 1 Timothy and I hear all of the terrible things that were happening in the church, I know that I would have been discouraged. Discouragement is something that seems to partner well with cynicism. Timothy was dealing with discontentment and fighting false teachers. When I see these same things in the church today it is easy to think that this is all new, but that’s why I’m so thankful for this passage.
We are left with this reminder that in spite of all the bad that is out we must keep fighting for what is right. We must keep fighting the good fight of faith. For me, I do not think there is another verse that is more encouraging than this. Paul reminds Timothy of his calling and reminds him that what he is doing is for a purpose and that purpose is good. Even my cynical self is encouraged with that. So I hope that you are also encouraged today when reading this. Remember what God has called you to and remember that that calling is for good. So be content and keep fighting.