“When Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in their cities. Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” And Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.” Matthew 11:1-6
We all get discouraged. Doesn’t matter who we are or where we are in our walk with Christ, we get discouraged. Even John the Baptist got discouraged. While sitting in prison for preaching the coming kingdom of God, he wondered if the Messiah had truly come. So he sends some of his followers to Jesus to ask if He was the Messiah. And Jesus’ response is simple, tell John what you see. Jesus’ actions speak about Him being the Messiah.
When we get discouraged and beat down, pray to God, talk to Him. Remember the work that He has done in you. Be encouraged that He is there, that He listens and He understands.
This year, I’ve been going through the New Testament during my quiet time in the mornings. It usually consists of a chapter (or part of a chapter depending on the length of the chapter) a day. Today I just finished up the letter of 1 Timothy. So for this week’s “Sunday Devotional”, I thought I’d look at 1 Timothy 6, particularly verse 12.
The letter of 1 Timothy was written by the apostle Paul to Timothy. Timothy was a young leader in the church and learned under Paul’s leadership. Timothy would later become a pastor at the church at Ephesus. Paul would write to his friend and son in the faith to encourage and exhort him. 1 Timothy was one of those letters. Paul talked to Timothy about how to lead and minster to the people where he was serving and to encourage him in doing so.
When we get to the end of the letter in chapter 6, Paul is wrapping up his thoughts and instructions to Timothy. In verse 12 Paul writes “Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” Ministry is hard. It is a fight both from the outside and the inside. It is a struggle but it is a good fight. It is a good fight because it is of eternal importance. It is a good fight because of the impact it can have in the lives of others as well as one’s self. As believers, we will get attacked by Satan inwardly through temptation and outwardly from the world. But we have Jesus Christ, who gives us the strength to fight and to keep fighting.
If you have confessed Jesus Christ as Lord & if you are following after Him, keep fighting the good fight. It is worth it. Even when you get beat up, keep fighting. Remember the calling God has in your life as a follower of Jesus. Remember Him and how much He loves you. Take hold of that this week.