THE FIGHT FOR YOUR LIGHT 11.17.19 excerpt
In war, there is a cause and an ultimate goal – to win. However, before you win a war, you’ll likely fight multiple battles. That’s why in war soldiers get tired; it’s why soldiers become discouraged; and it’s why soldiers often feel overwhelmed. Here’s what we need to understand about war - the fight is not only about the cause, it is also a fight for your faith. Those who are on the front lines of any battle want to believe in the cause for which they are fighting. However, in the day to day reality of combat, soldiers may question whether it is really worth it. In the battles you’ve been fighting, you may be having similar thoughts.
The Apostle Paul spoke at length about the struggles he faced in the book of 2 Corinthians. He was constantly in a battle of some sort. And, although the attack against him was fierce, Paul realized the fight was for the Light of the knowledge of the Jesus Christ [Gospel] that was inside him. This made his mission to keep that Light shining, a worthy mission…and therefore, a worthy fight. Just as Paul found the strength to keep the Light shining in the midst of each battle, so can we.
2 Corinthians 4:7-9
If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives [earthen vessels]. That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us. As it is, there’s not much chance of that. You know for yourselves that we’re not much to look at. We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side; we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t broken.
There is a myriad of reasons why God call us to endure hardships and suffering. It’s not because He enjoys watching us go through trials or enjoys seeing us suffer. But just like the potter who makes clay pots, there are processes we must go through in order to be able to be the vessel God needs. In doing so, we must protect that Light we’ve been privileged to carry. It is amazing how God would use something so fragile as an earthen vessel to carry something so powerful!
Understand that in this life we’re going to have trials and times of suffering, but one day these earthen vessels will be resurrected to become glorified, incorruptible eternal bodies. While we’re in this present state, we must remember that our purpose is to shine the Light of the knowledge of Jesus Christ to a dark world. Our enemy wants nothing more than to snuff out that Light. Therefore, even while we are pressed on every side with trouble, we need to let that Light shine. Even when we are perplexed and don’t know what to do, we need to let that Light shine. Even if we are persecuted, we need to let that Light shine. And when we get knocked down by life’s circumstances, we need to protect that Light and let it shine. The cause is worth the fight so keep the faith!