2 Timothy 4:7-8
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
The great Apostle Paul was writing to Timothy and he says, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith”. Paul goes on in this section of scripture to make it clear that he is ready to depart this life. Yet Paul is also aware that he will not receive his crown of victory until judgment day.
Since Paul had fought the good fight, then there must be a bad fight. In a fight you meet opposition. In a fight there is aggressive and there is defensive actions. In a fight the opposer sometimes lands some punches. The Apostle Paul was a human being just as we are and I’m certain that sometimes the opposer landed some punches on Paul. Paul’s testimony wasn’t that he had been perfect and had never failed or suffered some wounds at the hand of the enemy. Rather Paul’s testimony was, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith”.
Paul had finished his course. The course of life that had been appointed to him was complete and his claim to fame at the end of life’s journey was, “I have kept the faith”. Paul didn’t claim to have been perfect but rather simply, I have kept the faith.
We are not going to do it perfectly but even in the midst of suffering a few cuts and bruises and in the midst of getting knocked down sometimes, we can keep the faith.