“I Gave it My All” [Sunday Mar. 20]

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Pastor Carter preached the final message of the ‘New Assignment Series’

Each time he opens up a new sermon with an example or brief story to set the tone for what the message will be about.

This time he did both.

the message was entitled “I Gave it My all” from 2 Timothy 4:6-8. in the book of 2 Timothy, Paul is writing his last letter, before his execution. In this letter, Paul had been instructing Timothy to follow the ways of Christ, in which Paul had illustrated in his own faith and living.

In this final part of the letter, my pastor brought to life the emotion, and also the urgency of how Paul made sure Timothy knew the importance of living in these last days, continuing from chapter 3.

there were 3 specific points that Pastor used to put this into context.

1. My time is running out. (v.6) — Paul writes in his letter that he already poured out his life as a drink offering, and that his departure was approaching.  The example he used at the beginning of the sermon was a trend that takes place in sports, mainly football or basketball, when the time of the game, reached the 4th period, the last period of the game. AT that point, its either win or go home. Both teams know they have to pick up their playing, and bring their ‘A’ game. 

He had the whole congregation hold up 4 fingers to signify that OUR time was running out.

he went on to explain that we must live out a life similar to Paul, and ‘pour our lives out’ and make an impact in this world. And when we find that thing, or several things to pour ourselves into, he challenged us, with a question: “Am i pouring my life into the right things?” How to be sure of it, we should invest in the lives of others. He said if we just focus on ourselves, we would miss out on God’s greater plan.

2. My best was offered up (v.7) In this verse, Paul is stating that throughout his life, since turning his life around (Acts 9), he fought the ‘Good’ fight, finished the race, and managed to keep the faith. We should all be careful fighting the wrong fight. figuring out which fight is the right or wrong fight, we should consider what’s the struggle over, and is it worth it long term? DON’T GIVE IN! Pastor put it best, “you’re struggling to be more pure in your ways, in your faith, to be a better man/woman of God, just struggle through it!”

Faith represents God through Jesus Christ, in who we are saved by grace. The more you keep the faith, the more it will keep you.  -Pastor Carter

3. My rewards are coming down.  (v.8) Paul described a crown of righteousness that was on reserve for him, as a reward for him from Christ to be awarded to those who love Christ, and believe in Him. We have to live our lives as servants to Christ, im talking to myself when i say that! Each and every day we have to get better at serving Him, loving Him more, and growing more in knowledge of the Lord, as well as growing in the Word, to understand, apply, and live better. If we can serve Him better, and more, than the day before; if we can long after His heart, long after his Word, have that consistent desire to want to know him better, then we will have that Crown waiting for us. Our rewards will no longer be found on this earth, but they will be all eternal, the greatest awards of all.

You better long after Him, His Word, and His Heart.If you serve Him, He will reward you.  -Pastor Carter

 

For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. 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 4:6-8

Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. -James 1:4

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. – James 1:12

This is my 4th Quarter. I MUST give it my all and best for Christ, so that i may receive my eternal reward one day!

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