I had the privilege of preaching this past Sunday on II Timothy 4.6-8. This passage was one of the last in our series "God made you for this." These three powerful verses were pointing out the fact that "God made you to finish well."
"For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me that day - and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for His appearing."
I loved the verses. So vivid, short and powerful. There was so much to talk about and it was hard to keep it the message to 30 minutes.
For this message I didn't want people to think that this was only about people who are dying or have died. You know, evaluating a persons life after they have completed their life while at their funeral.
My main focus was to challenge myself and anybody else in attendance to know what finishing well looked like.
Finishing well means finishing well each day. It means enjoying God and being fully satisfied in Him. Finishing well means investing in others [mentoring, discipling] and also letting others invest in you [i.e. small group, journey group, etc.]
That is my challenge. Finish well each day. Put together a string of "finishing wells" and I guarantee you will truly finish well like the Apostle Paul did.
On the journey of finishing well,
CCC-Sarpy Campus Pastor