We have in today’s passage a tender scene. Paul, having lived and traveled in Asia Minor and the Greek peninsula for a long time, desired to visit
Yet Paul wanted to do more than mill around and chat with old friends, reminiscing about the past. Paul thought the trip to
Of this “last will and testament” there is much we could ponder to our benefit. Yet one particular point, I think, deserves much prayerful consideration as virtually the focal point of Paul’s instruction here and indeed of his whole life. In verse 24 Paul revealed his heart when he stated that he valued his own life not at all except in relation to Jesus and the task Jesus called him to fulfill, namely, witnessing to the good news of God’s astounding grace. Paul employed the metaphor of running a race to signify this task when he expressed his longing only to finish the race and finish it well. It is an inspiriting expression of vigor, passion, and perseverance, conditioned by the great good Paul found in Jesus.
I start many good things. Too few do I finish. May this not be so with my faith. May it not be so with any of us. Living the good news of Jesus faithfully in heart and mind, in word and deed, may we run the race and finish it well, to the glory of God.