Fighting Fear with Anthony Joshua
Heavyweight World Champion Anthony Joshua says that ‘it takes a certain type of man to become a boxer, to fight for a living … to control your fears.’
Boxers train until they’re fearless - until they’re content to enter the ring.
Like boxers, Christians fight for a living. We fight to be content in world that tells us not to be.
But often I’m scared - scared of any circumstances that will change my life for the worse. Failure. Health problems. People thinking badly of me. The future.
‘I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation’ Philippians 4:12
But this ‘secret’ – the trainer’s manual in the fight for contentment – isn’t well-hidden. It’s all over the pages of the Bible.
So how do we fight for contentment?
Crush your pride
Our pride will constantly tell us not to be content because we deserve better.
Anthony Joshua won’t touch even one biscuit as part of his training regime. Don’t even indulge a proud thought for a second. They’re the enemy of contentment.
Face up to sin
A boxer has to want that winner’s belt above all else. Eyes on the prize. Other desires will lead to defeat in the ring.
Sin will keep us back from wanting Jesus more than anything else. Face up to it, admit it, say no to it. If not, we’ll be on the ropes in our fight for contentment.
Don’t Give Up
We prefer an easy life over the fight.
But a fighter is active in prayer, in reading and responding to God’s word, in serving others, giving generously, fasting and caring for the vulnerable.
Jesus says to ‘stay alert’ (Matthew 25:13). We have to fight for contentment or else we’ll certainly be defeated.