“Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.”
1 Timothy 6:12 KJV

When the subject of faith is mentioned, the picture that readily comes to mind is that of a person who believes that something will happen or of a person who believes in the Gospel of Jesus. Apart from this, there’s also something known as the fight of faith.

Our anchor scripture is an instruction by Paul the Apostle. He says to fight the good fight of faith. He wasn’t referring to a display of boxing skills or mindless religious tussle. He was indeed emphasizing the urgency of ‘winning souls’, but a contextual study will show us how we are expected to do this.

From the preceding verses, Paul had mentioned the need to be content and to stay focused on God. Living in this world is enough battle. However, we are reminded to hold on steadfastly to the gift of eternal life – the timeless message we have continued to preach to others.

In 1 Timothy 6:20-21 KJV, we gain more clarity on this matter. Paul says “O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.”

It was important that Timothy safeguards the truth that he had learnt so that he is not swayed by what others are professing. This also applies to us too, as children of God.

What then is a profession? Although used interchangeably in this context, profession connotes a deeper meaning than confession. It actually means to declare and practice something. It establishes a synergy between the words of the mouth and actions from the heart. In other words, it is a ‘talk-and-do’ situation.

Our faith is demonstrative. As we declare our faith openly to people, we must ensure our actions/lifestyle are in alignment with what we preach. More importantly, we must keep our minds fixed on that which we declare so that we are not convinced otherwise by sugar-coated heresies.

“I have fought the good (worthy, honorable, and noble) fight, I have finished the race, I have kept (firmly held) the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7, AMP)

Paul was such a daring man. He made the statement above with bold assurance, as proof that you can too.

Our Christian faith is not to be seen as casual. There is a fight of faith. With this mindset, we are to sit up, roll our sleeves and get down to work. This Gospel must be preached and we must preach it right.

Folks, profess your faith!

Bible Reading Plan:
Matthew 14:22-36, Acts 20:13-38, Psalms 34, Exodus 30-31