Friday 28 February, 2014
2 Timothy 4:6-8
6 I am already being poured out like a drink offering. The time has come for me to leave. 7 I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is a crown waiting for me. It is given to those who are right with God. The Lord, who judges fairly, will give it to me on the day he returns. He will not give it only to me. He will also give it to all those who are longing for him to return.
What an amazing testimony – what unwavering faith!
I love that Paul could say with confidence I have done what Christ asked of me. I want the same testimony over my life where I can say with confidence I have fought the good fight and finished the race. That takes confidence, faith, perseverance, purity…
Lord, help me to fulfil the destiny on my life like Paul did – full of faith, right to the end!
Written by Ps. Richard Botta
Quick Word Study
Is the Greek word ‘stephanos’ – ‘crown of victory’
a wreath (garland), awarded to a victor in the ancient athletic games (like the Greek Olympics); the crown of victory. Not to be confused with a royal crown which is a different word.
Is the same word used in the Gospels to mock Jesus’ by making him where a ‘crown of thorns’ at His trial.