Rest on Christ's Laurels (2 Timothy 4:6-8, 2 Timothy 4:16-18)

Pastor Aaron Ude, October 23, 2016
Part of the Sunday Sermons series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

You have all probably heard the saying “resting on his laurels”. It refers to someone who accomplished something great like winning a gold metal at the Olympics and then is content to lay back and not try hard anymore. They just enjoy the fame and money they already have and don’t try to add to it. For example, despite being the most decorated olympian ever, Michael Phelps was not content to rest on his laurels. He trained and strived and competed and came back to compete in Rio and win some more medals. The apostle Paul was however content to rest on his laurels and he encourages Timothy and us to follow the same course. Why? Because it wasn’t his accomplishments Paul was resting on. What was Paul resting on? The laurels of the righteous.
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Tags: 2 timothy, drink offering, finished the race, fought the good fight, kept the faith, loved his appearing, the lord the righteous judge

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2 Timothy 4:6-8

6For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 8Henceforth 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. (KJV)

2 Timothy 4:16-18

16At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge. 17Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. 18And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. (KJV)

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