Editor’s note: The following column, “Being Faithful,” is based on Scripture from II Timothy 4:6-8.

When I think of being faithful, my thoughts take me to our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. I remember the words He voiced to His Father, as He was praying in the garden. He said, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt” (Matthew 26:39).

Jesus was faithful, even in the hardest hour of His life. He knew that He was born to die for our sins.

In this text, Paul is near death. He gives Timothy his last testimony. Paul has been faithful in and through his life. Are we being faithful to God in our life? Until Jesus comes back again, what do we need to be doing?

n We need to be faithful to the fight (v. 7).

Paul said, “I have fought the good fight.” Everybody has been drafted to fight, if we have accepted Jesus into our heart as Savior and Lord. He calls us to fight against sin, self and Satan. It’s a good fight. Are we being faithful to the fight?

n We need to be faithful to the faith (v. 7).

Paul said, “I have kept the faith.” We need to be defending the faith, preaching the faith and sharing the faith. How many times have you defended your faith in Jesus? You have to know who you are and what you believe to defend your faith. We need to be preaching our faith in Jesus to everyone around us. Are you sharing your faith? The greatest testimony is told by how we live our lives on a regular basis. Are we being faithful to the faith?

n We need to be faithful to the finish (v. 7-8).

Paul said, “I have finished my course.” Paul knew that his journey was ending. He had been faithful in this journey from the start, and wanted to finish well. He was running for the crown of righteousness, with his eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of his faith. Are we being faithful to the finish?

I’m reminded once more of Jesus, as I think of being faithful. When He was on the cross, He said, “It is finished.” Jesus was faithful to the fight, faithful to the faith and faithful to the finish. He completed God’s redeeming plan for us as He died in place of us on the cross. He conquered death, giving us victory over sin and death.

Are we being faithful today? Have we been faithful from the start, and is it our desire to finish well?

— Rice is pastor of Fellowship Memorial Baptist Church and a member of the Fayette Plateau Ministerial Association.

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