We cannot understand that He is coming back again, but He IS coming back and He gave us some orders (read 2 Timothy 4: 2, 3 and 5).
We need to:
- Preach the Word
- Keep our head
- Be watchful
- Correct with the Word
- Endure Hardship
And when He comes back, and we have fought the good fight, finished the race and kept the faith, this is what we will receive (verse 8) ‘ … in store for me, the crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day …’
This weekend, make yourself a cup of coffee, return to your computer, and then click HERE to watch a video on our Sudan 2008 trip.
We went there to continue building a facility, to be used as a venue where we could train the local church leaders.
I hope you enjoy our journey …
Thank you to Brett Michael Innes for supplying the video clip.
More on 2 Timothy 4:6-8 –
A favourite Comrades Marathon runner was asked what motivates him to run such a race, and he said:
- Aim to finish
- Aim to enjoy yourself
- Aim to get the gold medal
- Aim to win (won’t stop)
- Aim to break the record
We need to enjoy our walk with God. But at the same time we need to dig deep and break a settler’s mentality. There is a race to be run, and it all be WORTH IT.
In order to break the settler’s mentality we need perspective of who we are in Christ.
- We need to be committed to God’s purpose – we need to deal with all obstacles and remove everything that stops us from going forward
- We must know the absolutes – we cannot negotiate with God
- We need to know what God has called us to do (and also know that things can go wrong)
- We need to be intimate with God, everyday – He is our dwelling place
- We need to be fruitful in every area of our lives – learn from every opportunity that He gives us, see His hand in everything, and build away from ourselves
Not being a settler will cost you your life, and your walk.
‘For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day – and not only me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.’ 2 Timothy 4:6-8
Paul, as an old man, was ready to go home. He had been obedient to the call of God and on reflection of his life he was able to say that he had been true to the Word of God. He had endured hardship but he had fulfilled his objective in life.
If we want to fight the good fight of faith, and finish the race, we need to hear what God wants for our life and we need to know that it’s all about Him.