I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. – 2 Timothy 4:7
Every day of your life is just like money – you spend it. You can’t save it and you can’t store it. You have to spend it and you either spend it wisely or foolishly. The way we spend the days of our life will determine the legacy that we leave. So how would you like to leave a legacy?
You want to be able to look back on your life and say at the end of the day, you have no remorse, no regret, no retreat, right? You want to hear one day from the God that created you, “Well done good and faithful servant.” Well, for those things to happen, we must determine to do three things. Let’s look at the first one today and then we’ll look at the other two over the next couple of days.
If we want to leave a godly legacy, we must first be faithful to the fight. Both the words “fought” and “fight” come from the same Greek word, “agon,” which gives us our English word “agony.” It literally means “conflict.” I know a lot of people who don’t like conflict, but if you become a follower of Jesus, you have no choice. You become a spiritual soldier in God’s army.
You don’t realize it, but the moment you decide to answer that first question by saying, “I’m going to love the Lord,” you just got drafted into an army and you just got pulled into a fight. The moment you follow Jesus, you just made three enemies – the world around you, the flesh inside of you, and the devil before you. Satan, sin, and self are going to fight you at every turn. The world will try to control you. The flesh will try to corrupt you. Satan will condemn you.
That is why when you give your life to Jesus you don’t just become a saint; you become a soldier. And therefore, you must be faithful to the fight.
Dear God, I want to be faithful to the fight against the enemy. Help me to be strong in my faithfulness to you and give me perseverance when the fight gets tough. In Jesus’ name, amen.