10/7/19

Good morning!

Text:  2 Timothy 4  (2 Chronicles 27-28)

2 Timothy is believed to be the last writing of the Apostle Paul.  He wrote from prison in Rome shortly before, according to church tradition,  he was executed.  This letter includes these words:

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  (2 Timothy 4:7)

Notice that Paul does not write that he “danced to good dance” or “enjoyed the good cruise.”  Instead, He characterizes life as a “fight” and a “race.”  The Christian life lived well is not a life of comfort.  It is a life of great conflict – a fight with the darkness.  Fighters get split lips and black eyes.  It is like a race – a life of difficult exertion, one where we would expect to get winded and sweat and experience physical pain.  Do these images describe our lives in Christ?  Or are we pretty comfortable?

in Him, Mike