“I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith. Henceforth, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award me on that day, and not only me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.” (2 Timothy 4:7, ESV)
Desire for His appearing grows ever deeper in my soul. With each trial and with every victory, I perceive the distance between me and glory gets shorter. I love the thought of eternity – that everything I accomplish here will be translated for my continued growth there. For some, this might be discouragement, or perhaps even misplaced priorities; but for me it is the hope of salvation.
Obviously, Apostle Paul felt the same. He loved the thought of Jesus’ appearing. Working for those things that would last into eternity focused his life’s vision. Everything here was for there. For Paul, everything in this existence was about fighting the good fight, finishing the race well, and keeping the faith.
The hope of Jesus’ appearing purifies us. It cleanses our motives, and gives us the courage to take bold steps of faith, no matter the cost. The hope of Jesus’ return filters through all our theologies and grounds them in the ultimate meaning of salvation.
Although it is true that we’ve been given this time for joy and fulfilling divine purpose; our time here will ultimately be cut short. It will never be long enough. So, live for glory – a glory that will last. Make it your goal to agree with scripture – that this life is a race with a finish line.
Run well my friends.