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Fight the Good Fight

2 Timothy 4:1-8 (NLT)

I solemnly urge you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus, who will someday judge the living and the dead when he comes to set up his Kingdom: Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.

For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths.

But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.

As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.


I think we can all agree that if we were able to choose between finishing life strong or finishing life messy, we would choose finishing strong. When presented with a choice like that, it feels easy and almost obvious, but in life, we are faced every day with a million choices we must make. Some choices push us toward our goal of finishing strong, but other choices can take us many steps in the opposite direction.

In today’s words from the Apostle Paul to Timothy, we find a heartfelt plea and a powerful testimony of a life dedicated to serving God. Paul's call to Timothy serves as a timeless reminder for us to stay faithful to God throughout our lives and to finish the race strong. Paul urges Timothy to be steadfast in proclaiming the Word of God, whether the time is favorable or not. This instruction calls us to be unwavering in sharing the truth of God's love and salvation with a world that often rejects it.

In a world where people may turn away from sound teaching, Paul encourages Timothy to keep a clear mind, to endure suffering for the Lord, and to work diligently in telling others the Good News. Likewise, we are called to stand firm in our faith, even when faced with adversity, and to share the hope we have in Christ. Paul's personal testimony reflects a life dedicated to the service of God. He declares that he has fought the good fight, finished the race, and remained faithful. This challenges us to live our lives in a way that echoes these sentiments – to persevere through challenges, to run the race of faith with endurance, and to remain faithful to our calling.

Paul knows that spending eternity with Jesus is the reward that awaits him. This, however, is not a prize reserved for Paul alone but for all who eagerly await the return of the Lord. As we journey through life, let us fix our eyes on the ultimate prize of spending eternity with Jesus.

Action Steps

1. We are faced with choices every day. Think about some recent choices you’ve made and try to imagine what destination they are leading you toward.
2. Are there any choices you need to change in order to focus on the eternal prize?

God, we thank You for giving us the freedom to make choices every day, but we also thank You for the forgiveness You offer when we make the wrong ones. I pray You will reveal to me the areas of my life I need to change or adjust to point me toward You. Help me be faithful to the life You have called me to live. I love You Lord, amen.

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