“Fighting Solves Everything”
This phrase recently coined by the UFC, (Ultimate Fighting Championships) caught my attention and got me thinking...
What are we fighting for? How well rounded and prepared are you for the fight? Who is in your corner? Did you ever even put the gloves on?
UFC is the largest pre-eminent mixed martial arts (MMA) company in the world featuring most of the top ranked fighters in the sport.
These men and women are the best of the best in what they do. They train continuously to keep their bodies and minds conditioned so when they step into the octagon, they are fully equipped and confident in their skill set and abilities. The fighters approach one another, touch gloves (sometimes, ha) and then the ref says “fight” and it’s on.
After 3 to 5 grueling, 5 minute rounds, only one opponent will get their hand raised. They endured strikes, kicks and holds all through blood and sweat, giving absolutely everything they have and everything they have worked for, mentally, emotionally and physically, leaving it ALL on that mat.
What do you fight for? If we are truly followers of Jesus, we should fight and fight hard. Fight against our petty fear of rejection and share the good news of the gospel! Fight against our pride and humble ourselves before the Lord. Fight our sinful desires, put them to death! Fight for truth, fight for integrity, fight for peace, fight for love, fight in prayer. This is a brawl and we must fight. A battle between good and evil, a battle between light and darkness a battle between choosing ourselves or choosing Him, choosing the world or choosing the eternal. Fighting is a choice. I choose to fight like Paul.
"I do ALL things for the sake of the gospel, so that I might become a fellow partaker of it. Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.
Everyone who competes in the games, excercises self-control in all things. Then they do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.
Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim, I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.”
1 Cor. 9:23-2 (Emphasis added)
If you choose to fight, be prepared. There will be work, opposition, pain, and suffering. There will be loss. There will also be victory.
A fighter that competes in MMA has to train and prepare. Though they all have one particular skill set that they prefer, they must train in every aspect to be adequately prepared. They train in muay thai, taekwondo, judo, jiu jitsu, boxing, etc. You can’t only rely on your stand up game because the fight may go to the ground.
How do you train? We must also train in every aspect in order to be prepared. If you only go to church on Sunday and think you can fight this good fight, you will get knocked out. We need to be in the word, reading the bible, praying, going to church, serving in your church, memorizing scripture, etc. Train and fight to get your hand raised!
“His master replied, “well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful in handling this small amount, I will put you in charge of many things. Come share in your masters happiness!” Matt 25:23
Who is in your corner? The competitor in every fight does not go at this alone. He or she has numerous coaches, nutritionists, friends and mentors that teach them, discipline them, challenge them, encourage them and love them. That is their corner, the people that have their back. The people that wipe the sweat, stop the bleeding, tell them what they need to change and give them a drink of water during that brief minute between rounds.
We need our corner. Each other, the church, brothers and sisters in the faith. People to lift us up, wipe us down and encourage us. All while doing the same for others!
Lastly, did you ever put the gloves on? A person cannot just walk into to UFC and ask for a title fight. They have to be qualified.
We also need to be qualified. This qualification cannot be purchased or earned. It is simply the grace of God through an amazing act of love. When Jesus died on the cross in our place for our sins He said, “it is finished.” When we recognize our need for a savior, and realize there is no other way for us to be forgiven and made right with a holy God, we can reach out our hands in surrender and He saves us. Jesus quailifies us. He puts the gloves on us and says, “go!”
Fighters fight because they love what they do. If they didn’t, they couldn’t endure the discipline, the pain and the difficulty. We must fight because of love! We fight because we love Jesus. We fight because we love people and want them to know Him. We fight because we love what we do!
“Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” 1 Tim. 6:12
Give everything you’ve got. Leave it all on the mat. Let’s go start a fight.