SCRIPTURE READING: 2 Timothy 4:1-8
‘I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful’ 2 Timothy 4:7 NLT
Paul, who was originally called Saul, wrote this to Timothy, his son in the Lord. Note that this Saul, like King Saul we studied about yesterday, was a Benjamite, and also called by God to serve. Here again, the memory verse captures the last statement he made about himself.
His second letter to Timothy was actually his last letter, and he was beheaded under Nero after writing this letter. Here too, we see a very touching summary of a man about his own life: “I have fought a good fight…”.
You see, Paul kept his focus on his assignment to the end, and was actually convinced that he had fully made full proof of his calling, and that was the bedrock from which he was admonishing Timothy to also work hard.
Dear brothers and sisters, as we draw closer to the end of the year, know that the end is sure, even for the most dedicated. What will make the difference is how your life is summed up. If you focus on the right things, and keep your life checked with the gospel you profess, you can one day say confidently that ‘I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.’
Am I modeling my life after the ‘Old Testament Saul’ or the ‘New Testament Saul’?
God, help me to do the right things to end rightly as the day of reckoning is sure.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT:
‘Do the right thing, do it rightly, and do it on time.’ (F.L.Bartels, Nov. 1994)
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