Devotions

1 Corinthians 15:58

Over this past summer, I became a huge fan of the UFC. Between the immense amount of training, mixed martial arts, and the intensity of the fights themselves, I enjoy watching the sport. Just like any sport, people have their favorite players and in this case, mine is Ronda Rousey. Ronda is simply an incredible fighter. As of March 2016, she was ranked the number 2 female bantamweight fighter in the world. She was formerly the champion until Holly Holm knocked her out in a fight in November 2015. However, if you ask anyone who is a fan of the UFC, they will more than likely agree with the fact that Ronda is one of the absolute best in her field.

As Paul concludes this chapter, he closes by encouraging them to keep up the fight. In 1 Corinthians 15:58 he writes, “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” It is not easy being a follower of Christ. In a world that is filled with sin and people who constantly bash the name of Christ, it is tough. Yet, Paul encourages us to be steadfast, immovable, and continually pressing forward for the cause of Christ.

Ronda was knocked down back in November. It was not the first, and I am sure it will not be the last time in her life when she is knocked down. However, one thing she has done repeatedly is get back up. She gets up, gets back to the gym, trains harder, practices longer hours, and presses forward in her sport. She has not given up.

Likewise, as followers of Christ, we must not give up the fight. Yes, we are going to get hurt by this world and even by some of those who are closest to us, but we cannot give up. Just as Paul said, we must be steadfast and immovable in our cause for Christ. This world is going to throw whatever it can at us, to knock us down and take us out of the ring. However, do not let it. Do not let this world and the tools Satan tries to use to take us out to win. Just as we talked about yesterday, Christ has already declared victory for us. I leave you with one final challenge: get in the ring, strap on your gloves, and fight the good fight for Jesus!

 

Noble Baird
Guest Services Director



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