Life gets incredibly busy and other priorities seem to take hold.
Reference: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7 NIV
Explore: A friend of mine grew up going to church but she has found it difficult to keep connected in with a faith community. Life gets incredibly busy and other priorities seem to take hold.
It’s not that going to church means you have a faith in Jesus. But it certainly helps to keep your faith grounded and strong.
Going to church was never an option for me, it was a given. And I have brought that commitment into my adult life. But I can appreciate the challenges that standard would be if you had not grown up with that way of living.
Life gets busy; Sunday is a great rest day; there’s sport or social events planned… People are not sitting at home twiddling their thumbs just because they’re not in church.
As mentioned before, going to church does not equal being a Christian, however, I don’t know many committed Christians who can maintain their faith outside the church.
Application: When Paul was feeling he was near the end of his ministry he wrote to Timothy. He felt he had endured a great journey for God and stated that through everything he had “kept the faith”. For someone as committed as the Apostle Paul, it’s encouraging to hear that even just keeping the faith was an achievement for him.
Life is not always easy. Being a Christian is certainly not easy. But we know we have lived according to God’s will if, at the end of it all, we can confidently say, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
Prayer: Lord, carry us through our faith challenges. Reveal Yourself so that we can again put our hope in You. Amen.
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.