I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction …. For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; 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 4:1-2, 6-8
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
Pascal’s Wager is a classic philosophical argument in regard to God’s existence put forward by the 17th century philosopher, Blaise Pascal. He posed an argument for the value of believing in God over the value of not believing in God based on the risks associated with both choices. Basically, Pascal argued that giving up our claim on our lives for the short span we are alive on earth for the value of gaining eternity but at the risk of God and eternity not being real is a lesser risk than maintaining our claim on our own lives for the value of living however we want but at the risk of God and eternity being real. Choosing the risk with finite consequences over the risk with infinite consequences certainly seems to make sense. While Pascal’s Wager is hardly sufficient for full faith in God and eternity, it does serve as an impetus for moving a person in that direction by demonstrating the folly of not believing in God and eternity.
For the Apostle Paul, the things “unseen” and “eternal” were just as real to him as the things “seen” and “temporal.” However, the Apostle Paul chose to live his life on earth in the face of eternity so that in addition, the things “unseen” and “eternal” were more important to him than the things “seen” and temporal.” This is what full faith in God is all about and the Apostle Paul clearly chose the greater value of living for God instead of himself. In today’s Scripture we see that the Apostle Paul poured himself out for the sake of “eternity” and that he admonishes Timothy to do the same. There is no greater calling than helping others prepare for “eternity” through personal faith in Christ and his gift of salvation and eternal life.
Our life span is very short in the light of “eternity” and we only have a certain amount left of it. What will we do with the remainder of our lives? It is hoped that our considerations on “eternity” will propel us forward in living fully for God in every moment that lies ahead. May it be that we can join they Apostle Paul in saying someday, “the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; 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.” You can be sure that faith in Christ and living fully for God is the best thing going (no real wager in this). The “exaltation of eternity” awaits all those who choose to live life in the face of eternity.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, I can see that wanting the best of both worlds (heaven and earth) is not an option. “Eternity” really changes everything. I confess that “eternity” has not been entirely real to me. Please help the things “unseen” and “eternal” to become more real to me than the things “seen” and “temporal.” I know that when I turn my eyes upon you Jesus, that in light of your glory and grace, the things of earth will grow strangely dim. So be it. Amen!
Posted on Sat, August 13, 2016
by Alan Porter