Packing for Heaven – I have fought the good fight

Have you ever packed the wrong thing for a trip? We men, “sometimes”, are accused of not being good savvy packers. We just throw our stuff in the luggage and hope for the best. Some guys out there would not agree with me. We put only the essentials in our luggage. Yeah, right. How many times have we brought the wrong thing for a vacation or trip? Too many, I would say.

When we are talking about Heaven it is totally different. We will not bring thingsthere, we will bring what we did in our lives. This is what Paul wrote to Timothy: “I have fought the good fight… 2Timothy 4:7.”The first thing that he is bringing is his fight. He calls it “The Good Fight.” The word fight means “Athletic wrestling.” It involves discipline, energy, and willingness. 

The question is: what is the good fight that Paul is mentioning here? We know that he is not talking about violence, blood, and things like that. Paul put his energy, discipline, and efforts toward other things. Let me share with you some of them.

A – Fight for the Faith

The first fight that we could mention is the fight for what he believed. Paul fought his entire life for his faith. This is what he wrote to Timothy in his first letter: “Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1Timothy 6:12.”He made every effort to educate the church on the Faith, and correct those who were deviating from the right belief.

B – Fight for the Church

The second aspect of that fight was the fight for the good of the church. He had an intense desire to see the church grow. He wanted to see the church grow in knowledge of the Lord and His Word. He wanted to see the church fulfill her mission, and he put a lot of effort on it. This is what he wrote to the church of Colossae: “I want you to know how much I am struggling for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me personally. Colossians 2:1.”Unfortunately, church today is not a priority in our lives.

C – Fight for the Gospel

Finally, the third aspect of that fight is the fight for the message, the struggle to make the message known. Paul not only struggled for the right message, which is very important and crucial for the church, but he made every effort to propagate that message, even risking his life. This is what he wrote to the Thessalonians: “We had previously suffered and been insulted in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in spite of strong opposition. 1 Thessalonians 2:2.”

Paul did not back down from those fights, nor should we. Even though today we have to deal with the politically correct mentality, where it is not appropriate to have strong beliefs, to fight for a religious group, or to proclaim the Good News of the Gospel.

Have a blessed week,

Pastor Lucas

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