A devotional thought from Joey Jernigan for “Our Mission”
Read 2 Timothy 4:6-8.
A friend of mine on the cross-country team was a terrible long-distance runner. He never cared how long it took to finish the race, and he didn’t care about whether or not he came in last place. Running cross-country was a waste of his time. Many Christians approach their lives like my friend approached running. They plod along with no concern for how they will finish or how their lives dishonor the Savior in front of a watching world.
In today’s verses Paul gave advice to a young pastor named Timothy. Paul realized that he was near death, but instead of looking back at his life and regretting what could have been, he reminisced about a life well lived for Christ. He ran the race of life with a goal of finishing strong in order to honor Jesus.
Your life will be meaningless unless you live for completing the task Jesus has given you—the task of telling other people about the love and grace of God demonstrated in the gospel. Run the race to finish strong, and don’t run for bringing yourself glory and greatness. Live your life for the honor that comes through honoring Jesus, and you won’t have to worry about whether or not your life will count for something. Success and glory in this life may feel good, but they will fade with time. If you live to tell others about the One who will come back again, then you will leave a legacy that will never end.
Pause and Reflect
• If you could summarize your life to this point, what would you say? How would it compare to how Paul summarized his life in 2 Timothy 4:6-8?
• How do you want others to remember you?