To Fight or Forsake

To be, or not to be, that is the question.” These are the famous words from Shakespeare’s play Hamlet. And the meaning behind that question is this: “To live or to die, which is better?” What a low point to be at in life. I’m sure that many men and women without hope have asked this same question at some point. But as Christians, we have hope! We have great reason to live! We are on earth to engage in a Heavenly conflict for the souls of men, and we fight to win this battle. Paul, after spending his best years for Christ, said in 2 Timothy 4:6-7, “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith”.  There was no question for Paul. He had spent his life for the best cause imaginable – fighting the good faith of faith.  He had no regrets. While Paul had been fighting, we find another man a few verses later that had forsaken the cause. In verse 10, Paul sadly states, “For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world”.  There was a point were Demas was serving Christ, but at some point, he forsook the fight he knew was right. He gave up. He quit on Paul and on Jesus. I’m sure Demas had regrets. We today as Christians will be as Paul or a Demas. At some point a similar question to the one in Hamlet will come to you – “To Fight or to Forsake?” Which will you choose? In Hamlet, the question was raised as to life or death, but really for Christians, it’s the same conclusion. If you fight for Christ, you will live spiritually. God will stay by your side, and with His help, you will be victorious. If you forsake Christ, you will die spiritually. Though you will never lose your salvation, you will lose and forsake the joys of victory in this life. The chance for victory will slip away and perish. What a waste of a life that Christ wants to use! He saved you to be in the fight! So today, resolve in your own heart that quitting on God or His church is not an option. Stay in the fight and never forsake Him.  Paul battled long and hard for the Lord, and in the end, His eyes were still on final victory. In verse 8, he says, “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day…”        So will you fight or forsake? I hope in this New Year you strive to fight on for victory.