Life’s constantness is draining.
Constantly we have to watch what we eat
Constantly we have to make sure we exercise
Constantly we have to discipline our kids
Constantly we have to make sure we are clean and presentable
Constantly we have to check how we smell
Constantly we have to do our stupid hair
Constantly we have to fight sin
Constantly we have to pay the bills and balance the checkbook
Constantly we have to work out stuff in our marriage
Life is just so constant. You let up for a little while and BOOM! You’ve gained 23 pounds, lost 87% of your muscle, your beard is untamed, and your kids are selling meth.
There are so many things to keep on top of, it’s exhausting.
Rather than fight, we give up. We phone it in.
Sure, we still judge those other losers around us who gave up, but we manage, somehow, to give ourselves the benefit of the doubt.
We justify our lack of fighting. “Well, I’ve just decided to let go and let God.”
Ooo, that sounds lovely! So it’s God’s fault you checked out on your marriage? Nice, I’m sure you’ll enjoy explaining that to Him on Judgment Day.
“I’ve decided to rest in His grace and not try anymore.”
Ooo, how spiritually enlightened that sounds! It’s as if God never said, “Labor to enter into rest.” It’s as if Paul never said, “Fight the fight.” It’s as if you know more than the Bible! How charming.
Life is exhausting. But we’re not supposed to give up. We’re not supposed to quit fighting. We’re not supposed to lay down and be trampled by sin.
Oh no! We’re supposed to fight, run with patience, wake up, redeem the time, resist the devil, draw nigh to God, be filled with His Spirit, put off the old, put on the new, mortify the deeds of the flesh, and lay hold on eternal life.
We fight here. We battle. We exert energy and zeal.
Don’t give up. Don’t quit. Don’t invent some twisted theology to sound spiritual while being a loser.
Death is our victory. Fight to the end.
Forget what is behind. Worry not for tomorrow.
Exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.
Life is constant and draining. Don’t give up. Fight the fight of faith!