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November 6, 2018, 2:51 PM

You Might Not Finish This Blog

There are several reasons why you may not finish reading this blog. You might have got bored with it. You might have had to run to the bathroom. Your phone might have died. But one reason you might not finish this blog is that you might die. I know, I know...kind of harsh, but it's true. 

We are not guaranteed any amount of time. We can all intellectually agree with this statement, but have we ever lived as if this true? Have you ever lived like you really believe this? 

I've done a lot of funerals and many people get religious when death strikes. People who have never prayed before want you to pray with them. People who never read the Bible want the Bible read. People who have never given a second thought to heaven talk about how their loved one is in a "better place." Why is this? We know that at the end of the day this is what really matters. What really matters after you die is eternal life. What really matters after we die is God. 

If it really matters after we die it really matters while we are still alive. 

In 2 Timothy 4 Paul is giving what some people as described as his living eulogy. He is expressing how he feel about his life coming to a close. 

For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 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.--2 Timothy 4:6-8

I can think of a lot of sports metaphors for what Paul expresses. 

"He left it all on the court."

"He gave 110%"

"There was nothing left in the tank."

Paul loved God with ALL that he had. He knew that he was going to receive the prize of eternal life, because he had fought the fight, kept the faith, and finished the race on earth. He lived for God and he died knowing God. He had no regrets and he held nothing back. He was all in. 

Does that describe the way you love God? Would you describe your service to God as being all in? You only get one trip around this crazy globe. You only get one life. Live it with reckless abandon for God. Don't hold anything back and don't look back. 

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