One of the key principles of Christianity is that it is not an event, but a journey. Paul was at death’s door. His execution by Nero was to happen soon. While Paul was summing up his final thoughts and wishes to Timothy, he reaffirmed the principle we as God’s chosen people need to cling to—We as a church are on a journey and as such, we need to focus upon finishing and finishing well. Paul said it best—I Have fought the good fight I have finished the race and I have kept the faith.
In our Journey, I am learning that as the years accumulate—it becomes harder, not easier to maintain faith. Trials and tribulation, failing health and increased complexity with our families and their own trials make t more difficult to continue to follow the Lord with faith and determination. We, however, like Paul, must Finish the Race and keep the faith. As we do, we will be rewarded on several fronts. We will join him with delight to spend eternity free from sin and its ravages. In addition, we will leave a legacy in our families and ministry that will truly last and will not fade away like the stuff we accumulate does. Finally, we will give our families and friends a true picture of how great God is—because, no matter the circumstance, they will see that he is real and real in our lives.
It is a long run. Our job is not to set records or take short cuts. Our job is to fight, finish and keep the faith—Will you join me?
God Bless You
For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. 7 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.