3 Basic Principles (Part 2)

Principle 2: The door to success swings on the hinges of opposition.

1 Timothy 6:6-12 – “But you, man of God, flee from all this (opposition), and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

The sad reality about life is that people constantly convey the message that some things are impossible.  Sometimes this message is deliberate and sometimes it’s unintentional.  However, it still hurts.  Paul gives Timothy a charge here in the passage above.  “Timothy.”, he tells him.  “Feast of the opposition that coming in.  It’s a good thing.  Pursue your relationship with the Jesus Christ.  Hang on.  You’re doing a going thing and good things are happening despite the opposition your facing.”

Personal Application

When opposition comes in your ministry, we need to consider it pure joy.  Some would say that we must remain grounded in fighting the good fight.  I would say you need to remain grounded to the call you answered.  We need to understand that in the Christian life we can be successful for the kingdom at any age, at any time, and in a variety of ways.  If we’re still having an impact on people because of our relationship with Christ, expect opposition.  However, don’t get bogged down in the negativity.  Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness now more than ever.  Don’t listen to people who tell you things are impossible.  All things are possible with God, in His time, and in His way.

Application to the church

As a follower of Christ, please understand the commitment to sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ to your community (not just your church).  This commitment is something few people do anymore. True commitment to Jesus Christ comes from hard work, dedication to the truth, patience, and countless number of acts of mercy and grace.

Please understand that there are no shortcuts in the Christian walk.  The Christian life has bumps in it.  Remember that as the church we need to be principled people, not endlessly adapting to culture and falling into the patterns of this world.  As opposition comes, cling harder to the cross.

This is how we will be successful as Christians;

  • Clinging to the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Preach it, teach it, make sure it never gets old.
  • Never take a shortcuts.  A relationship with Christ takes time, discipline, and patience.  Three step programs will only get you three steps closer to confusion.
  • Expect criticism.  People are going to hate you because you deliver a message of conviction.
  • Remain grounded in the call.  Go and make disciples.

Fight the good fight so people can come to know and grow in the relationship that Jesus Christ.  Suck it up and expect the negativity.

The door to success swings on the hinges of opposition.


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