“For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing” (2 Timothy 4:6–8).
Paul is not afraid to be “poured out as a drink offering” because he knew his life had been lived to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ and nothing else mattered (see Acts 20:24). It was not easy. There were battles that had to be fought for the sake of the gospel of Jesus and the glory of God. He never gave up and never deviated from his call. The race was worth running, even with all the hardships, and they were many (2 Corinthians 6:3-10; 11:23-29). One more step and he would be over the finish line. “The faith” requires this ‘steel’ of commitment and devotion. Anything less is not worthy of our call.
There is a reward for all who press on and strive to maintain this path of devotion. As you examine your own life and ministry, how does it line up with Paul’s? Though in much weakness, I want to follow this example and model for the sake of Christ and the next generation, until the “Lord, the righteous judge” appears with His reward for “all who have loved His appearing”.
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