2 Timothy 4:6-8 NKJV “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.”
Time is equally available to all men, but some make a difference in the way they choose to spend time. It can be spent now without regard of future consequences, or it can be invested in order to gain a future reward. The greatest use of your life on this earth is to invest it in something that will outlast you, and the only way to do this is by living a life of purpose. Paul had a clear understanding of his purpose, which was to preach the message of Christ to the Gentiles (Gal.1:16). He devoted his life completely to this task even till the point of death. He was completely sold out to the idea of fulfilling purpose. That’s why in passing the baton on to Timothy, he could say, “I have finished the race…there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness”
One of the greatest myths that plagues our society today is the idea that young people believe they have time later on in life to serve God. But Solomon warns “Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them”” (Eccl.12:1). He understood what he was saying as he was talking from experience. He had served God in his youth, and God had made him great. Yet he sought to find fulfillment in other things (as many young people do). He moved away from faith in God, and tried women, entertainment, enterprising ventures, building projects, philosophy etc, yet in all these he found no meaning (Eccl. 2:4-9).
Whatever it is God has planted in your heart to do, endeavor to work it out to its fullness. Your life takes on greater meaning the moment you commit to living to serve God’s purpose. Your purpose in life is discovered at that point when your skills and abilities, passion, intersect with God’s inward leading (i.e. direction). So whatever is on your heart to do at the moment, begin to do it, trusting in God’s divine ability to put you over!
Scriptures to Meditate: Eccl.12:13, 2 Tim.1:9, Acts 13:36, Lam.3:27