The scripture for today, April 8, is 2nd Timothy 4:8 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:
“Now there is in store 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 longed for his appearing.”
The Apostle Paul was about in his late sixties at this writing. He’d been converted probably in his thirties. He’d spent the past nearly forty years telling people how to escape hell, tolerating persecution, sometimes hunger, seldom staying in a city longer than a year, always on the go, never satisfied with the number of people he had reached with the News. Now he was in a dungeon.
“For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
Oh, that we all could say this at the end of our life.
#death, #reward, #crown, #persistence, #persecution, #threats, #souls, #hunger, #traveling, #reachingout, #preaching, #teaching, #baptising, #EndOfLife, #heaven, #hell, #saved