I give you a command in the presence of God and Christ Jesus, the One who will judge the living and the dead, and by his coming and his kingdom:
Preach the Good News. Be ready at all times, and tell people what they need to do. Tell them when they are wrong. Encourage them with great patience and careful teaching,
because the time will come when people will not listen to the true teaching but will find many more teachers who please them by saying the things they want to hear.
They will stop listening to the truth and will begin to follow false stories.
But you should control yourself at all times, accept troubles, do the work of telling the Good News, and complete all the duties of a servant of God.
My life is being given as an offering to God, and the time has come for me to leave this life.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
Now, a crown is being held for me -- a crown for being right with God. The Lord, the judge who judges rightly, will give the crown to me on that dayn -- not only to me but to all those who have waited with love for him to come again.