Time was short. The end was near. The aging apostle Paul could almost feel death’s hot breath down the back of his neck. As we would expect, he didn’t mess around with trivial things in writing his final words to his “son in the faith,” Timothy, who would soon carry on without him. With emotions at fever pitch, Paul plunged right in as he addressed matters of highest priority. And it isn’t surprising that he included numerous commands and reminders, since this would be Paul’s final letter. We can only imagine how often Timothy returned to his mentor’s words in the years that passed . . . including these six verses we’re looking at today. Just a quick glance over these verses reveals how clearly and urgently Paul put his finger on two eternal investments that Timothy (and we) must make in life. May they make a profound impact on us today!