v6 Do this, because it is nearly time for me to die. It is time for me to be like an *offering to God, like the drink *offering that they pour out. Very soon, I will go to God.
v7 I have *served Christ properly, like someone who does athletics to win. I have finished everything that God wanted me to do. I have done everything, like a runner who has run to the end of the path. I have continued to believe God and I have obeyed him. v8 So now a gift is waiting for me, like the crown (a special hat) that a winner gets. The *Lord will make me completely right and happy. This will be like a crown that the *Lord will give me. The *Lord is completely right when he decides about people. And he will give me the crown on that great day when he does decide. He will not give a crown to me only. He will give crowns also to all the people who want him to come very much.