2 Timothy 4:6-8 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.
I’m not one for trendy hashtags and popular jargon, but the title is fitting as we look at today’s passage. Here we see an older preacher giving instruction to his son in the faith, who is now a young preacher himself. Paul gives Timothy instruction, encouragement, advice, and warnings.
It is verses six through seven that stick out to me this morning. The word that I notice more than any other is the word, “ready”. In these verses, Paul gives a powerful testimony of his own state of being. He’s close to the end of his life, and he knows it. Yet he says “I am now ready to be offered”. Here is a man who, at the end of his life, is ready to die. Paul is ready to face Jesus Christ. Could there not be a better goal to strive for?
Might I live my life in such a way that, when it’s my time to go, I’ve prayed, sacrificed, witnessed, given, passed my faith on, and I’m ready. Is this how we’re living today?