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THE VICTORY CRY!
It issued from a cold, dark Roman prison cell from the lips of a tired, worn-out Apostle Paul living out the last hours of his life, and it says it all:
“I have fought a good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith. Henceforth, there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give to me in that day, and not to me only, but to all those who love His appearing.” 1 Tim. 4:7
Paul’s life in service to his Lord since the Damascus Road light shined doesn’t read like a bed of roses, does it? And it wasn’t.
He wasn’t one to do anything in a half-hearted manner.
When he became Paul, the devoted Apostle to Jesus, that’s who he was, through and through. Just as he had viciously tried to stamp out Jesus and His followers, he had since given his whole life to worshiping and serving the Son of God. He is said to have held Stephen’s clothes while he was being stoned to death on the road to Damascus. Everything changed when Paul met Jesus face to face: no more vicious Saul. Paul was the devoted apostle from then to the day he died in prison. If it was worth doing, then it was worth giving his life for, and he did.
There may be a lesson here for us also. There are no halfway measures suggested in serving our Lord. We are living our lives wholeheatedly and lovingly for Him as outlined in the Bible, or we waste our time. Lukewarm Christians just may be a larger stumbling block to winning souls for Christ than those who profess no faith in Him at all. At least they are honest. The ones who play at being Christians, but whose lives do not illustrate their allegiance to Him are hopelessly detrimental to His Cause. It suggests lukewarmness and that on-again and off-again Christianity is acceptable. It wasn’t back in Paul’s experience, and it isn’t now.
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