I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I kept the faith (2 Timothy 4:7).
What goes into a lasting letter? What words best give an account of the life you lead? Are you leaving explanation, example, encouragement, and endurance to the one(s) closest to you (2 Timothy 3:10)?
Apostle Paul writes this letter, his last, to Timothy, his dearest son in the faith, not so much in reflection as much as in endurance and reward to a life in service to Jesus Christ.
He writes unashamed of the life God has chosen for him to live. And for Timothy to continue on likewise, unashamed, to give, to teach, to preach to the world what God has given to him as well…the Good News.
You and I as Christians are more than conquerors. We fight more than just one battle we fight all the ones set before us through faith in Jesus. We run more than just one race we run many beyond the obstacles in our way through faith in Jesus. We keep more than just faith we keep our faith in Jesus. And why? “For honorable use…ready for the Master to use you for every good work” (2 Timothy 2:21).
Paul blesses Timothy, and us with a letter of endurance. That the Good News endures. We endure (2 Timothy 2:9,10).
God Gives Endurance
“Hold on,” Paul writes to Timothy, “…by the faith and love that you have in Christ Jesus. Through the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within us…” (2 Timothy 1:13,14). That in every situation, every season, and every good work be a vessel, be used to “fully carry out the ministry God has given you,” (2 Timothy 4:5).
Apostle Paul wouldn’t focus on the temporary rewards here but the lasting reward above. God given. For enduring, for teaching, for spreading gospel truth, for loving others in service to Christ. You see Paul’s life wasn’t being taken by man, God was ending His work in Paul for sake of the eternal reward (2 Timothy 4:8).
The Lasting Road
Endurance is placing ourselves in very capable hands to be used. Trusting in the finish line God established for us from the beginning through Christ Jesus. Apostle Paul’s lasting letter continues to push us towards the lordship of Jesus and what saving grace can accomplish in all of our lives (2 Timothy 4:22).
So let’s go Christians, endure.