The fight isn’t over
The world is messed up. Although, we still seem to make it out to be worse than it actually is. There are so many problems in the world and we become discouraged because of how bad things appear. It is at that moment in which we have at least a couple of options in how we react to difficult circumstances. The first and seemingly natural instinct is for us to just give up. The second option is to turn to God in prayer and deed, regardless of our circumstances. “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12
Many years ago, in one of the most notorious prisons in the nation, one prisoner in particular was known for being the best fighter behind bars. For the sake of the story, let’s refer to this prisoner as Jim. Jim was involved in so many fights that fighting became second nature for him. One day, several other prisoners decided to teach Jim a lesson. They locked him in the mess hall and proceeded to fight. Slowly, one by one, each of the prisoners came out of the mess hall, bloodied and bruised. Jim had whipped each one of them.
The Warden spoke with Jim about the most recent conflict. The Warden said, “You have been to my office so many times, you could probably recite my lecture back to me. I didn’t bring you in to lecture you again. I brought you here to ask you a question… How do you win all of these fights?” Jim replied, “It’s very simple warden. The fight ain’t over until I win.”
Different circumstances, same reaction
Obviously, the moral of the story is not about advocating violence. Rather it teaches us to never give up, regardless of how tough the fight may be. We should never stop depending on God and we should never quit the good work he has planned for us.
We face so many different types of challenges in life. Whether we experience tragic loss or just have a tough day at the office, life circumstances can be difficult to overcome. For some reason, when it comes to political challenges, we often crumble under pressure. How many times have you heard someone say that they are done with politics, after “the wrong” President is elected? Notice that God didn’t tell us to overcome evil, by ignoring the world’s problems. “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21
We shouldn’t let the outcome of elections dictate how we live our lives. Besides, there are many other things we could do in politics than just vote. For example, we can contact our elected officials and hold them accountable or even share the Gospel with them. Instead of focusing on what we can’t do, we should be focused on what we can do. Whether our challenges come from politics, friendships, family, sports, careers, He called us to do good works and to not give up… “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9
Jesus never gives up on us
If we are truly seeking God and His Kingdom first, then we will not give up on doing good. We should not let our discouragement get the best of us. As Christians, we have Almighty God on our side…”What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31
Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins. He bore our sins in our place. He paid the penalty of sin for us. Jesus did not give up on us and he never will. He loves us! Therefore we should love others as he loved us. We should never give up on doing good for others… “It [love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Corinthians 13:7
On this Good Friday, be sure to reflect on what Jesus has done for us. His sacrifice should remind us of our need for a savior and also that we should not take our freedoms for granted. For He has made us free. May we resist the temptation to give up and instead remain focused on Him and the good He can do through us. Fight the good fight! The fight isn’t over until we win!