Finishing Strong

Mar 10, 2020

‘...I have finished my course...’2 Timothy 4:7 KJV

The course God sets before us isn’t usually easy. Running it takes commitment. James MacDonald says, ‘I’ve lived long enough to know men and women whose lives were sold out to God a few years ago, but who’ve since walked off the track… [and] lost their longing for God. Fear of following in their footsteps haunts me… and it should you, too… The faithfulness of my walk with God depends on my willingness to stay in a relationship with Him. I never want to lose the grip His greatness has on my life and the privilege it is to… serve Him till the day I’m welcomed into His presence. That passion compels me. It keeps me honest and humble… the last thing I want to do is crawl across the finish line a defeated, derailed Christian, or worse—give up the race before my life’s over. I want to break that tape with arms high, my face to the sun.’ Paul said, ‘...I have finished the race… there is in store for me the crown of righteousness...’ (2 Timothy 4:7–8 NIV) Courage + endurance + faithfulness = reward. Ever looked at a stonecutter hammering away at a rock? Perhaps 100 blows without as much as a crack, yet on the 101st blow the rock splits in two. The last blow was only successful because of the 100 previous blows. God’s Word is ‘...a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces...’ (Jeremiah 23:29 NKJV) So, ‘[hold] fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ [you’ll] have reason to glory because [you] did not run in vain...’ (Philippians 2:16 NAS)

SoulFood: Gen 37–39, Matt 21:33–46, Ps 112, Pro 7:6–9
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