|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 to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.|
This is Paul's last letter before he was executed. Look at how he reflects upon his life. Paul is satisfied that he has done what God called him to do. When we face our final moments, what do we want to say about our lives? This is more than achievement, for Paul is writing this from a prison cell. This is not perfection, for Paul made many mistakes. This is the satisfaction that comes from a life lived before God with integrity. For those who long for Christ's appearing, we can take strength in Paul's words.
Today's commentary by:
Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org
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