FIGHT, FINISH, FULLFILL

thSecond Timothy 4:7 has often been referred to as Paul’s valedictory: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” It has also been observed that this statement had something for every group of people in the first century. The idea of fighting the fight appealed to the Roman mind. The concept of finishing the race would have been of interest to the Gentile (Greek) mind. And the thought of keeping the faith would have been attractive to the Hebrew mind. Indeed this verse had (and has) something for everybody – no matter what background or circumstances.

Do you have an opponent? Is there something causing you problems? Something trying to ruin your life? Keep fighting against it! Don’t give up and let it win. If it knocks you down, get up and keep fighting. Fight the good fight. If you do so, you will be victorious.

Are you in a race? Do you have something you want to accomplish? Do you have goals to be reached? A purpose to achieve? Keep running toward the destination. The course may be difficult and long and you may get weary, but keep pressing on. Finish the race. If you do so, you will win.

Do you have circumstances beyond your control? Are you in a situation that breeds fear, doubt, or uncertainty? Does it sometimes seem hopeless? Don’t give in to negative emotions. Maintain a positive outlook. Live in love and hope. Keep the faith. If you do so, you will receive the promise of God. Edd Sterchi, Broadway church of Christ, Campbellsville, KY

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