Enthusiastically Reaching My Journey's End
Dr. Johnny Hunt
2 Timothy 4:6
2 Timothy 4:6
''For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand.''
INTRODUCTION: The older one grows the more time they seem to spend in REFLECTION. We consider often our past, where we are now, our present and the prospective future. The Apostle Paul dealt with each in his last book, 2 Timothy.
Years ago the average life span of a male in the USA was 74, today its 76. I broke it down into quarters which is 19 X 4; 19, 38, 57, 76. Two of my mentors, Adrian Rogers departed at 74 and Jerry Falwell at 73.
The Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 4:6 is reflecting on his present life and V7 deals with his past. We get to where we are by our obedience to Christ in where we've been. In V8 Paul reflects on his future with Christ.
In Philippians 3:13-14 Paul did not sense that he had attained all Christ had for him, he saw room in his life for further development. However, he kept pressing on toward Christ-likeness. He refused to rely on things he had already achieved or to be hindered (influenced) by sins and failures in his past (forgetting those things).
There is a selflessness in this passage in that Paul's great concern was not for himself; it was for Timothy and the success of the Gospel ministry.
Paul is attempting to fortify Timothy for accomplishments and steadfastness in ministry after his departure. In 2 Timothy 1:2-6 Paul gives encouragement for ministerial endurance. This passage could serve to create a courageous enthusiasm.
In 1994 (22 years ago) Steve Green wrote ''Find Us Faithful.''
''Surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses: Let us run the race not only for the prize. But as those who've gone before us, let us leave to those behind us, the heritage of faithfulness passed on through godly light. Oh, may all who come behind us find us faithful. May the fire of our devotion light their way, may the footprints that ...
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