I have kept the faith.
(2 Timothy 4:7)
What a great way for the candlelight of your life to be blown out—knowing that you have not disqualified yourself in the race of faith. Paul had engaged himself to serve Christ, never letting his Master down. The same instructions to “preach the word in season and out of season” are the exact standard he has maintained for himself. Through thick and thin, in freedom and imprisonment, and now in the very face of death, he had never lost his trust in Jesus Christ.