2 Timothy 4:5-8
5 As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. 6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.
I found this to be a very moving appeal from Paul to Timothy. Paul knows that the time of his death is coming near. He has devoted his life to the cause of Christ, “being poured out as a drink offering” (v. 6). Does he regret this single-minded devotion? Does he believe that his life could have been spent better in other pursuits? No! Rather, he urges Timothy to imitate his zeal, no matter the cost.
A life of convenience and ease is nothing more than a drug. In the end, it leaves nothing but sorrow and regret to the sober-minded. The good fight, the finished race, and the kept faith are the life devoted solely to the Lord, no matter the inconvenience and risk. This week, I’m going to find a few hours to set aside to evaluate my own life — how it needs to change to escape the convenience that I’m afraid has ensnared me.