Sometimes my approach to spiritual discipline and being prepared for the calling God has for me can be pretty lacklustre. At times my spiritual discipline has had all the enthusiasm of doing a couple of sit ups at the gym and calling that enough of a work out for my abs. Talking about commitment to goals, Arnold Schwarzenegger recounted watching Muhammad Ali doing sit ups in the gym, someone asked him how many sit ups he did. Ali responded “I don’t know, I don’t start counting until it hurts”. Wouldn’t it be great if we could muster the same enthusiasm in our spiritual disciplines? Going beyond our natural giftings and purposefully doing that which does not come naturally to us.
Last words from a dying or condemned person usually carries a weight. Here in the words that follow are the words from a condemned man awaiting his execution as a religious prisoner. He reflects on his life and says these words to a young man he has invested in as if he was his own son.
6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; 8 in the future there is laid up 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 loved His appearing. 2 Timothy 4:6-8 NASB