2 Timothy 4:7-8 (NIV)
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store 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 longed for his appearing.
One life to live
I only have one life to live and so do you.
You don’t get a second try.
There’s not a reset button.
One life…one enormous opportunity.
What a blessing. And I want to live every minute for the glory of the one who is worthy of all the glory forever and ever amen ( Galatians 1).
Think about it
Go there with me.
You open your eyes and you see the most magnificent person in existence. He seems so far above you in every way yet so intimate and personal.
You’ve longed to see Him for so long and now you’re here before Him. What does it feel like?
Is your heart filled with joy? I’m sure it is.
But then you get this sick feeling of regret because now looking back you wish you had given it all. I hindsight it all looks so meaningless compared to the one in front of you.
What a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see when I look upon His face the one who saved me by His grace.
Give Him all you’ve got
Well, open your eyes. You are reading this and you have your life before you. You have a choice to make.
Go for it.
Give everything you’ve got for Him.
Fight the good fight, finish the race, keep the faith. Because there is in store for you the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to you.
Fight the right fight
A word of caution, however.
Don’t just fight any fight.
Fight the fight God has given you to fight.
I want to be found faithful where it matters.
I say this because it’s easy to be faithful in things that don’t matter.
I’ve heard it said this way. Be careful that you’re not successfully climbing some ladder. Whether it’s the ladder of success, fame, wealth, or something else. To only find out at the end of your life that you were climbing the wrong ladder.
I have kept the faith
Paul was faithful and he is rejoicing and celebrating in heaven.
And as Paul mentioned not only to him, but also to all who have longed for Jesus’ appearing.
Keep the faith because one day it will be more than worth it.