2 TIM 4:6-8
6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished [my] course, I have kept the faith:
8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
I want to examine three phrases from the text. Two are exact, and one is implied. I have, I am. and I will.
I. “I HAVE” – LOOKING BACK
1. Fought a Good Fight
2. Finished My Course
3. Faithfully Stood
What do you “have”? Does your life consist of things or accomplishments for God? Have you fought a good fight? Have you finished everything the Lord would have you to do? Have you stood faithfully for Him?
II. “I AM” – LOOKING FORWARD
Speaks of an active preparation. Paul had spent his life for Christ in preparation for this moment.
2. “READY TO BE OFFERED”
Paul states that he is ready to be offered. He is presenting a picture of a common practice of the day where a drink offering would be poured out. After a battle, Roman soldiers would celebrate with a victory meal. When the meal was complete, one of the final things to do was to pour out wine as an offering to their deities. Paul simply employs this imagery to make his point that his victory is won and he is ready to be poured out for Jesus.
III. “I WILL” – LOOKING UP
Paul’s faith causes him to look beyond this temporary life and situation. He looks up to the crown he’s to receive and the Righteous Judge that will grant it.
I have, I am, I will. Looking back, Looking forward, Looking Up.
Are you READY TO BE OFFERED? What if the call came today?
Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.