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. 1 Timothy 6:12 (NIV).
You’re part of eternity now. Because of that, you’re in the fight of your life.
This is part of the canon preached by several friends of mine who shepherd churches here in North Texas, but it isn’t just them. Ministers worldwide preach this simple truth. We aren’t eternal when we die. Because of Jesus, we are eternal now. The moment we receive what Jesus has already done, we are in relationship with Him. We are adopted as daughters and sons of He who created us. His Spirit can come to live in us. We are part of His family, part of His church, part of the communion of saints. The invitation to join in this brotherhood/sisterhood is open to all 7+ billion people here on the Third Rock, yet most people don’t take Jesus up on His invitation.
That doesn’t invalidate the invitation, though. To be a child of God means being a part of heaven now, part of eternity now, part of the church everlasting now. We answer the call He made to our hearts; we pick up the gauntlet our Savior knight laid down and acknowledge His redemption of us, protection of our souls. We come over to His side; we join His group of followers worldwide. We are family. Use whatever allegory you wish, we are eternal family.
And it means you take up your sword. The fallen world is set against the idea of salvation, against Him. When you accept His free gift of salvation, you are given your armor, you are issued His uniform. To be a believer in Jesus Christ today means that you will be called on to defend your belief. When you fight, you realize it isn’t you fighting: it’s Him. He does the work, yet He does it through your heart, through your words, through your stand. It isn’t a call to violence though it is a call to war. Your weapons aren’t based on fire: they are the Word of God Himself. And every time you say “I believe” you swing your sword of truth against the invisible legions of evil who daily war against you, against Him. At some point, your sword may become a physical one; be ready now for that time when evil may confront you face to face. Stand firm. You’re forever.
Make no mistake: this won’t be easy, but you have your reward now and sealed forever. Like Obi-Wan Kenobi, if they strike you down, you will become far more powerful than they ever could have imagined. You’re part of that eternity now.
For further reading: 1 Corinthians 9:25, Philippians 3:12, Matthew 25:46, Hebrews 3:1, 1 Timothy 6:13.
Saving warrior Lord Jesus, I am Your follower and soldier. Thank You for the pleasure of Your burden and Your eternity now.