|Posted by Apostilic Faith Church on June 22, 2011 at 12:34 PM|
Here is the word from the Lord--
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
— 2 Timothy 4:7
When Paul wrote the words of his final epistle from the Mamertine Prison in Rome, he knew that his time on earth was coming to an end. He had faithfully proclaimed the Good News, and though he had been warned that he would be arrested if he kept preaching the gospel, he persisted. So he found himself chained up in that miserable, primitive, little place, all alone.
Yet his words resonate with joy and hope, not with depression and despair.
Paul knew he was never a victim, but always a Victor through the blood of risen Christ. In his prison epistles he never wrote, ' Paul a prisoner of Ceaser but rather he gloriously wrote, ' Paul a prisoner of the Lord Jesus Christ'
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. (2 Timothy 4:7–
Heaven is what was before Paul, and he looked forward to it. Now in Paul's case, he had the unique experience of dying, going to heaven, and returning back to Earth. That is why he had written earlier, "To live is Christ, and to die is gain" (Philippians 1:21). Paul understood that heaven was a promotion. It was a coronation.
Paul knew he was leaving, and he had no regrets in life. Everything God had called Paul to do, he had done. There was a sense of fulfillment or completeness from knowing he had lived life to its fullest.
Would you be able to say the same thing? Are there things in your life that still need to be done—important things? Are there things that you feel God has called you to do that you have not yet done?
In the end, the only thing that will really matter is whether you accomplished the purposes God had for your life. A somber question.. Please ponder over it!
Stay Blessed !!