Finish Well:  Discipline Yourself for Godliness

2 Timothy 2:1-26

 

“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 4:7-8

“Train yourself to be godly.  For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”

 1 Timothy 4:7b-8

Remember:  Suffering for the gospel is worth it because our God is faithful always. 2:8-13

You finish well as a Christ follower by living as a godly…

  • son/daughter committed to passing on biblical truth to others. 2:1-2
  • soldier enduring hardship as you focus on pleasing God. 2:3-4
  • athlete following the truth of the gospel knowing God will reward your efforts. 2:5
  • farmer working hard for the Lord knowing you will receive eternal rewards for your efforts. 2:6-7
  • workman unashamedly seeking God’s approval by committing yourself to knowing and teaching well His inerrant word. 2:14-19
  • instrument preparing yourself to be used by God to do good works. 2:20-21
  • servant committing yourself to loving others well and teaching truth well so that you might rescue those who have lost their way spiritually. 2:22-26

Application:  How committed are you to living a godly life?  What are you doing to discipline yourself for godliness? Is something distracting you from being a godly Christ follower?  What do you need to begin doing today to become more like Christ in your thoughts and actions?