“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.”- 2 Timothy 4:7-8
This past week we learned of the unexpected passing of our Foundation Board President, Rev. Joe Landrum. Joe dedicated himself to serving our Lord and the Mississippi Annual Conference for over 40 years. When you were with Joe, it was clear that he loved people and the Methodist Church. He has left us with a legacy of love and compassion.
Each time I see another saint enter our Heavenly Father’s presence, I am reminded of the task that remains for us. We are reminded that those same saints that once held this same baton are cheering for us and yelling to us to keep pressing on. The baton of faith is handed off to us in this race of life, and we are told to run with determination and passion.
We must continue to place the task of making disciples for the transformation of the world as the focal point of every local church. This means that we preach the Gospel to all people. We minister to the poor, lonely, outcasts, and all those so desperate for the hope that they can only find in Jesus. It also means that we use our wealth to continue providing funding for our churches, missionaries, and other ministries calling others to come and follow us.
Like so many other saints that we have known in life, Joe Landrum has finished this race and fought the good fight. He has received the prize and is now waiting for us to complete our race. Let us run together and never stop sharing the news that Jesus has come to give us eternal life.