Theme: STRIVE TO BE SAVED
Text: “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” – 2 Timothy 4:6-8.
Comment: Like the radiant smiles on the face of an athlete receiving the gold medal before a mammoth crowd of spectators, or that of an orator being applauded after an impressive presentation, the righteous would be full of unspeakable joy when they would be justified on the day of decision by God Almighty. One could easily create a mental picture of the joy in the erudite apostle while he was making the above declaration. We can better appreciate today’s text when we recall the painful ordeals he had earlier narrated in 2 Corinthians 11 concerning imprisonment, stoning, shipwreck, perils of robbers, weariness, hunger, thirst, etc. He said: “I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.” – 2 Timothy 1:12.
Until Satan is destroyed by God, and all things are brought to perfection, believers would continue to strive against sin. We should be determined and constant in prayers to God that we should not backslide from the way of life. (Romans 13:11) The reward of salvation, should encourage us to endure all afflictions and despise Satan’s enticements, so that we shall be among those to be told by the Saviour “Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” – Matthew 25:34. See also Hebrews 12:2; 2 John 8.