by Terri Gillespie
Fight the good fight of faith! Take hold of the eternal life—you were called to it, and you made the good confession for it in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:12 TLV
Wow. I love that. Take hold of the eternal life.
There is something profound in Paul’s instructions to his spiritual son. Is that even possible—to take hold of the eternal?
When I was in third grade, I sassed my teacher and was spanked with the paddle. I was convinced my life was ruined. That it was the end of the world. I had no idea years later that this very teacher and I would laugh about it.
When I was in high school, the most important thing was to have a date for the prom. Any date. Well, I secured a date for the prom, but I also had a date the day before the prom with another guy who would one day become my husband.
If we think about what concerned us when we were younger, as opposed to today, we understand just a tiny bit of the eternal perspective. What controls our thoughts and emotions today may have no relevance tomorrow. What keeps us fearful today, we may laugh about in the future.
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Ruach [Spirit] set their minds on the things of the Ruach. For the mindset of the flesh is death, but the mindset of the Ruach is life and shalom [peace]. Romans 8:5-6, TLV
Perhaps taking hold of the eternal life is to keep a holy perspective: the things that are of God—of the Spirit.
So, when concerns control our thoughts and feelings, go back to the eternal. To what that we made good confession. That God loved us so much, He sent His Son to die for us.
That’s a good place to begin, don’t you think? Knowing we have His love makes fighting the good fight easier. Yes?
Father, sometimes we think that today is the eternal, when it is simply today. The eternal lies with You. Keeping our mind on the eternal—our mind on You—is where we want to be. Help us to make good confession of that when we become tangled in the temporal. Thanks for Your patience and love, in Jesus Name. Amen.
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About the author: Award-winning author and beloved speaker Terri Gillespie writes stories of faith and redemption to nurture souls. Her novels, devotionals, and blogs have drawn readers to hunger for a deeper relationship with their Heavenly Father, and His Son Jesus. Her newest novel, Sweet Rivalry, releases later this year.
The third and final book in the Hair Mavens series, Really Bad Hair Day, is a whirlwind of changes for the mavens—marriage, love, danger, loss, and redemption. The Hair Mavens is a modern-day Ruth and Naomi story set in a hair salon.
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