2 Timothy 4: “Fight for the Heart of Your King”

So here’s a morbid question, if you could write your own eulogy today, how would it read? Have you ever thought about that? I always enjoy hearing the stories of people who right their own eulogy to be read at their funeral. One man went as far as to hold his estate for ransom unless a family member read his eulogy exactly as he wrote it! No joke!

The Last Laugh

Walter Bruhl Jr. was 80 years old when he passed away in 2014, but before he left he made sure he was going to have the last laugh. Walter penned his own obituary complete with fill-in-the-blank spaces for the date and location of his death as well as a few LOL’s and inside jokes.

Benjamin Franklin

Christ’s Church in Philadelphia is the final resting place for many famous Philadelphians. One such famous Philadelphian buried at Christ’s Church is Benjamin Franklin. Although we can’t know for certain what the Quaker’s relationship with God was like, here’s a look at his epitaph.

“The Body of B. Franklin, Printer
Like the Cover of an old Book
Its contents torn out,
And stript of its Lettering and Guilding,
Lies here, Food for Worms,
But the Work shall not be wholly lost:
For it will, as he believ’d,
Appear once more
In a new & more perfect Edition,
Corrected and amended by the Author.

Paul’s Eulogy

Many scholars agree that Paul’s words in 2 Timothy 4 may serve as a eulogy for Paul’s life.

2 Timothy 4:6-8 (NLT) As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.

As we look deeper into the ramifications of verse 7, I can’t help but realize exactly what Paul is saying. At the end of his life Paul is declaring that the things of his past have led to the faithfulness he’s experiencing in the present. This verse in the Greek reads like this: “I think more emphatic, the good fight I have fought, the course I have finished, the faith I have kept.” As John MacArthur puts it, “In each case the object is placed before the verb so the emphasis is there. This is how he looked at ministry, a fight, a course, and a faith, a body of truth, a race to run, a battle to fight.”

Brave-Heart

After the death of William Wallace, the Scottish Patriot who led armies in the fight for Scottish Independence, Robert the Bruce rose in power to lead the armies of Scotland.

Bruce ended up dying in 1329 at the age of 54. But before he died he requested that his heart be removed from his body and taken on crusade by a worthy knight. James Douglas, one of his closest friends, was at his bedside and took on the responsibility.

The heart of Robert the Bruce was embalmed and placed in a small container that Douglas carried around his neck. In every battle that Douglas fought, he literally carried the heart of his king pressed against his chest.

Douglas went on to fight similar battles in Spain, but on one occasion found himself surrounded. With death being imminent, Douglas reached for the heart strapped around his neck and flung it into the enemy’s midst and cried out, “Fight for the heart of your king!” One historian quoted Douglas as shouting, “Forward, brave heart, as ever thou were want to do, and Douglas will follow his king’s heart of die!”

I can’t think of a better way to leave this earth than to fight for the heart of my King, Jesus. Like Paul, I want to stand at the precipice of my eternity knowing that I fought the good fight, I finished the race, and I have remained faithful.