Going the Distance

One of the most quoted verses in scripture comes from 2 Timothy 4, where in verse seven it says: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:” This scripture speaks to finishing strong in the Christian walk. In this scripture Paul is telling Timothy that it is now time for his ministry to take flight as his time is nearing an end. Paul used this letter to Timothy to encourage his young protégée as he realized that his ministry was nearing an end. It can also be an encouragement to each of us as we continue though our lives with Christ.

Jesus promised us in John 14:16, “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever;” that we will have a comforter who will come and guide us through our lives. Jesus makes the promise of the Holy Spirit, offering each of us a way to attack life with full confidence that we have nothing to fear.

What does this mean for us today?

It means that we can be assured of success in our lives, even when we feel that we are nothing in the eyes of the world. There are many who build their legacy with money and power here on earth, but those who are successful in the eyes of the world often find themselves without joy, struggling to find joy and peace in this world.

This is a joy that Paul knew because of who Paul knew. Paul celebrated his life; he celebrated his faith, even in the face of adversity. Paul found himself in and out of jail, facing all types of persecution because of his faith, but he had this Comforter that Jesus spoke of to keep him full of joy in even the toughest times of his life.

This is what Paul is sharing with Timothy in chapter 4, that he can keep the faith as well. Paul wanted Timothy to know that he could enjoy life and minister no matter the circumstance.

How does your life look today?

Have you built a worldly worth that makes you successful in the eyes of others, yet still search for joy and happiness in your life?

I want to encourage you today that you too can have peace and joy, even in the face of adversity, just as Paul did. Seek the Lord today and ask for the comfort that comes from the Holy Spirit.

Today is the day that you can experience true freedom.

Today is your day to find the same comfort of a well lived life and the day that you can claim as Paul did in verse 8, “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”


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