Scripture: 2 Timothy 4:6 As for me (Paul), I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
Observation: The apostle Paul, the author of this letter, is here wrapping up this letter to his young protege Timothy. Paul had endured much over the years, and it’s believed this letter was written just prior to his death. And so Paul used this wonderful imagery to describe the promise to which he clinged in his last days.
Application: As I read this passage I can hear the voice of a faithful leader who finished well. I’ll be honest with you – this is perhaps my #1 goal in life:
7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
As I get into the second half of life I realize how fleeting life can be. In truth, we’re here for a short time and then we die. I’m sure many of you understand where I’m coming from. Life passes all too quickly. Which brings to mind some important questions:
Am I making the most of my short life?
Am I pursuing things that really matter?
Am I fulfilling the purposes for which God created me?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, like the apostle Paul, we too are being poured out like a libation (drink). And some of us may be getting closer to the end than we’d like – but that’s life. Give us grace to finish life well, so that we might one day hear you say to us, “Well done good and faithful servant.” Amen.