(Discovering Inspired Religious Treasures)
2 Timothy 4:6-8
As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for His appearing.
As I walk along the starting lines and talk with racers and families, I find the anticipation of the race has differing effects on folks. In the moments leading up to the green flag, some are somber, some are laughing and joking with friends. Others are planning their strategy to arrive at the first turn before all the others; others plan to lay back and pass on the track. But all have plans—as they sit at the start—to cross the finish line.
The Apostle Paul wrote the words above to his colleague Timothy at the end of his days on this earth. He wrote, “I have finished the race…” and just like AWRCS racers Paul had encountered many things through the race that he had not expected: ship wreck, survival on a small island, poisonous snake bite, etc. Not quite the same as mud, rocks, creek crossings, etc.
Life on this earth has a beginning and an end; that’s the race Paul was writing about to his friend. I don’t remember anything about the beginning but along the way I realized there would be a end and I wanted to finish a victor. The truth is: you cannot run the good race, you cannot finish a victor without Jesus in your life. You may think every thing is okay and you are handling the unexpected trials of life just fine. However, there exists a race official and this One’s name is not Ray. This Judge determines whether you finish in victory lane or have DNF beside your name.
Invite Jesus into your life and finish the race a victor over sin and death. The promise of life eternal waits for you at the end of the race if invite Jesus into your heart. Welcome Jesus to race with you through life. Know His presence is with you every single day to help when those unexpected trials come. And you want to talk about a prize? I made one small editorial change, but Colossians 1:27 says: To them God chose to make known how great among the RACERS are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. You heard it right: Christ in YOU is the hope of glory.
See You at the AWRCS Races, Chaplain Al Kimmel (#009)