Sunday, April 01, 2012

Sunday, 04/01/12

New Testament: 1 Timothy 6:12-16
Gospel: Luke 19:41-48
Psalms: 24, 29, 103
Old Testament: Zech 9:9-12, 12:9-11, 13:1, 7-9
Paul told Timothy to “Fight the Good Fight.”  Does that evoke images
for you of powerful people at war?  During the American Civil War, soldiers for both the North and the South fought for what they
believed to be right and prayed for God to give them victory.  As we know, the North won and the South lost.  Did that mean the South failed to fight the good fight?  No, the soldiers from both sides fought with incredible valor.

As a kid, if someone told me to fight the good fight, it usually meant to give maximum effort to whatever task was at hand so that I might be successful or, if not successful, at least I could be unashamed of the job I did.  That is still good advice.

Paul’s call to fight the good fight of faith was an exhortation to resist evil in all forms and to pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness.  That is a much tougher task than to physically confront another person in battle or to try our best.  It requires us to make a commitment in mind and spirit to always do what is right.  Being right doesn’t mean to be the most popular, richest, beautiful, dominant, or any of the other quantifiers our society uses to measure success.  It simply means to put full effort into living according to the professions we made to God during our baptism.

Fighting the good fight is a daily struggle.  Every day brings choices to make, and I trust God to give me the strength to make the right ones.  Resisting evil requires more strength than I can muster by myself, and I don’t believe I can be successful without the Lord’s help. 

What do you think?


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