6 As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.
Unlike his first letter to Timothy, Paul is very aware that this imprisonment will end in his death. He uses several metaphors to communicate this reality. Being poured out like a drink offering is a reference to Numbers 15:5, 7 and 10 where his imprisonment and death are described as an offering to the Lord. “Fighting the good fight” and finishing the race” our athletic metaphors. Having “kept the faith” . . . Even at his trial he was still proclaiming the gospel which had landed him in court in the first place. (4:16-18). It is not easy to accept that something is over, especially if it is something we loved and wanted to see continue. The next and last thing to do is to finish well by remaining true to the faith we have believed all these years (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell us about God and people?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Pray for a renewed sense of God’s Presence. Allow yourself to stop and acknowledge God’s presence – pray, “Holy Spirit come”