Paul, Finishing the Race
In the Word
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith (2 Timothy 4:7).
Of the Word
While sitting in jail, believing his death was imminent, the Apostle Paul penned his final letter, the second letter to Timothy. Paul knew his Savior, had remained faithful to Him, and confidently stated he had finished the race.
His race route took him far away from home, shipwrecked, beaten, chased out of towns, bitten by snakes, and jailed multiple times. Yet Paul rejoiced in all that Christ had done in him and through him. He was ready to finish his earthly race.
While believers have the same finish line destination, we each have our own obstacles and celebrations along the race route. In all of those things, be like Paul. Let God lead. Praise Him in all circumstances and encourage others until you arrive in God’s eternal rest.
Walking with my Lord
Heavenly Father, thank You for the encouragement and work of Paul. Help me run my race like he did — following You wherever You may lead. At the end of the race, let me also confidently say, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Mustard Seed: The Race of Faith. Author: Amanda Stacy, DCE. 25/28 ©2015 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. Code: #40196
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