We are living in a time where the whole world seems to be fighting about one thing or another. I would have thought we had learned something, but maybe not. Our Lord who has always held the future in His hands knew from the beginning that the citizens of this world would always have to fight for the desirable things of this life. Have we simply gotten lazy? Paul, in the book of Timothy, told those of his day something that is still valuable for today – But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses (6:11-12).
Today most of us would rather run than stand and fight; we would choose the easy way out whenever possible. Have we gotten soft, or do we think the Lord will always fight the battle for us? He loves us, it is true, but I think He expects us to use what He has provided for us. If something is not worth fighting for, it is probably not worth anything.
One of the examples we find in our Bibles, but rarely choose to consider is the story of Samson. Did you know that he served as a judge for twenty years and was a great champion of Israel in conflicts with the Philistines? I didn’t! And yet this man who had accomplished many feats in battle was put to shame when he made what we might consider a minor mistake; he allowed his relationship with Delilah to rob him of his secret strength. He revealed to her that being born a Nazarite a razor had never touched his head and therein lay his strength. As a result his hair was shaven, he lost his strength and his life, but it is said that the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life. We are led to believe that as he repented for what he had done the Lord granted him one last request.
Most of us might say that we have never made a mistake like that, but would it be the truth? Could it be because of the times in which we live that we might want to think about giving more importance to what we consider to be the little, insignificant details of our lives? Putting off until tomorrow just might not be a great idea anymore.
I’m sure all of you are familiar with the term driftwood. It’s not something that we think about because it doesn’t impact our lives, but maybe we might want to consider it for a moment. Driftwood is the term given to something that is simply washed up on the shore; it has no value or purpose, it simply is. In the busyness of our lives have we become like driftwood? Is that why we were created?
I imagine that most of us would like to be remembered for something good; to believe that we were created for a specific purpose not simply a spontaneous action that might deliver some good to someone who needs it. Our Father, who loves us sees everything we do and I am sure hopes that we love Him enough to follow His example and fulfill the purpose for which we were created.
I don’t have a crystal ball or a tether to lead me around, but one thing I do know and that is that I want my Creator, the one who made and loves me, to be proud of me and the life I have lived. I want like Paul to be able to say – I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing (2nd Timothy 4:7-8).
Onward Christian soldiers, marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus going on before –