Reading: 1 Timothy 6: 11-19
A good life can be defined at least two ways. For one, a good life is security, routine or order, a sense of success or accomplishment. To have a safe home, ample food and clothing, a steady job that brings satisfaction, and good relationships with family and friends – to many this is the good life. For others, for those who know God, a good life entails all of this and more. For the believer, a good life is also a life lived for God, sharing God’s love and compassion with others.
In our passage, Paul is encouraging Timothy to be content in life and not to chase after the ever elusive”more”. Paul encourages Timothy to pursue the things of God: righteousness, godliness, faith, love, gentleness, and endurance. Paul knows Timothy will need all of these things. Some will help Timothy to continue to grow in his faith while these same characteristics and the others will help him to share his faith with others. A good life not only includes a relationship with God but also with the community of believers and with the stranger one meets. Paul reminds Timothy to “fight the good fight of the faith”. He goes on to tell Timothy to take hold of the confession of Jesus as Lord and Savior and to fully live this out in his own life. Paul calls on Timothy to live faithfully, to shine the light of Jesus with all he meets as he proclaims the good news and as he personally pursues God.
We too can take these words of encouragement to heart. We too can choose to claim our relationship with our Lord and Savior, with Jesus Christ. And we too can fight the good fight of the faith, loving God and loving others with all that we are. It is in doing these things that we take hold of eternal life – the life really worth living. This day and every day may we fight the good fight of the faith, bringing honor and glory to God in all we do.