Friday, I found out that a precious lady from our church passed away unexpectedly. She was a faithful servant, always helping out anytime it was needed. I didn’t read that day’s verse until the weekend, which was probably a good thing. The verse was 2 Timothy 4:7.
7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; (NASB)
Paul wrote this when near the end of his life, knowing that he would soon face his death. Paul knew that he had completed the tasks that God gave to him to the best of his ability.
At the end of my life, I want to be like Paul and know that I have run my race well. I wonder whether my friend knew that she had run her race well. Dr. Billy Graham passed this last week. Did he feel that he had finished well?
I believe that this is the goal of spiritual maturity: Keep the faith. Persevere. Keep going. When you fall, get back up. Fight the good fight. Finish the course.