“Many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. And because there will be more and more lawlessness, most people’s love will grow cold. But the person who endures to the end will be saved.
“This Good News about the kingdom will be spread throughout the world as a testimony to all nations. Then the end will come.”
Fight the good fight for the Christian faith. Take hold of everlasting life to which you were called and about which you made a good testimony in front of many witnesses.
But you must keep a clear head in everything. Endure suffering. Do the work of a missionary. Devote yourself completely to your work.
My life is coming to an end, and it is now time for me to be poured out as a sacrifice to God. I have fought the good fight. I have completed the race. I have kept the faith.
There are two unending fights that the Christian is engaged in until they are set free in death.
Actually, it’s one fight fought on two frontiers.
The fight for faith.
Within and without.
Within ourselves, we must endure suffering and keep the faith.
Consider our examples of faithful service: Jesus, Peter, Paul, martyrs.
If you’re not willing to die for something, what are you living for?
Because death is assured.
Make your life count for something.
And in keeping the faith yourself, you must advance the Kingdom here as well, and share the faith with everyone you meet.
That’s the Biblical mandate.
Go and make disciples.
Preach the Gospel to every creature.
When you are out there in the world winning souls, what are you winning them to?
A lifestyle change?
Or a new way of life?
We’re inviting people to live the life of Christ both now and forever.
That’s our mission.
That’s our fight.
That’s our struggle.
Discipleship and evangelism are intertwined.
You can’t have one without the other.
Prayer is the other constant thread in the life of faith.
Without praying, how will you know what to do, who to talk to and what to say?
A triple stranded cord is not easily broken.
But if one of the threads is cut, soon everything unravels.
If we want to live the abundant life of grace we must be constant in prayer, making disciples and evangelizing.
Otherwise, our hearts will grow cold.
I’ve noticed that the graces, the spiritual gifts of God, are given without repentance.
God doesn’t take them back.
But they only work when you’re on mission.
And that makes sense.
The gifts are given so that we can serve with them to build up the Body in love.
It starts with love.
Without love, all spiritual gifts are rendered useless.
Motive precedes movement.
If you want to witness the Spirit at work in you and through you, you must cultivate love in your heart for God and your fellow human beings.
If you have judgment in your heart, you block the flow of the Spirit.
Don’t quench the Holy Spirit.
We are given grace to minister forgiveness to those who sin against us.
That’s the way of Jesus.
He doesn’t hold our faults against us.
He repairs the breach with mercy and abiding love.
We are called to be like Christ.
And the Holy Spirit gives us the ability to do so.
Without faith it is impossible to please God.
The mission of faith is the mission of God.
And God is love.
Therefore, the mission of faith is the mission of love.
In the end, the question will be, did you love?
Did you consider others better than yourself?
Did you serve others instead of yourself?
Miracles, signs and wonders follow those who love the way God does.
If you’re not seeing them manifest, check your heart.
Go to war against idolatry.
Guard your heart.
Spend hours worshipping God by yourself.
Get your heart right.
That’s where your life springs from.
Once your heart is right, then re-engage with the world.
May the Lord refresh you this day.
May His Love overwhelm you and overflow out of you.
In Jesus’ Name I pray.
Amen and so be it.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Stubborn fools despise wisdom and discipline.