Today’s reading is found in 1 Timothy 6:12 “Fight the good fight of faith.” For some reason this stirs me up! Paul is telling Timothy to get ready to fight for his faith. It seems today that too many who call themselves Christians are doing everything they can to avoid this fight. Rather than uphold what is true we are being encouraged to make peace with all the other false religions, like Islam or Hinduism or Judaism. Tolerance, compromise, acceptance is the call from too many pulpits. But Paul told Timothy to FIGHT the good fight of faith. There is only one true faith and that is belief in Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior of all mankind. There is no other way to eternal life. I ready to fight for this, are you?
Today’s reading is from 1 Timothy 2:4 “God desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” God’s will is that every man be saved and spend eternity in heaven, but because God has given man a free will He has forfeited His own right to always have His way! Now that is a bit shocking but that is the truth. Not every man is going to be saved. Some are going to resist His Holy Spirit and spend their entire lives in rebellion against Him and His ways. As a result many will NOT be saved and will end up in Hell.
As a parent we can kind of understand this truth. We want our children to be blessed and to prosper. We do everything we can to instruct them and encourage them to make good choices but at some point we have to let them go and make their own choices for which they will be accountable. As parents we don’t always get our way either! So what about this whole idea of free will? Would we be better off not having any free will? Would our children be better off if we always made all their decisions for them? Would God be happier if we did not have any choice and we were forced to do His will? I don’t think so. I think the beauty of free will is that it truly allows a person to experience real love. We get to choose. I am thankful to God for giving me the ability to choose and I choose to love and serve Him. How about you, is God going to have His way with your life?