"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.—2 Timothy 4:7"
is much satisfaction in finishing something you have begun! The success
of a race is determined not only by how well you begin but also by how
well you end. Many athletes can begin a race impressively, but if they
stumble or are injured or lack the stamina to finish, their good start
is useless. Paul rejoiced that he had not only begun the race but he had
also finished it. His prize was a robust faith in God and a life filled
with God's powerful presence.
Christian life is not easy. Some mistakenly assume that once they become
children of God, their struggles are over. Many Christians begin their
walk with Christ enthusiastically, but as the pressures mount, they lose
heart and abandon their pilgrimage.
described His Christian life as a battle. There were times when he
struggled, and only through perseverance could he continue. It may
surprise us to know that the great apostle had to struggle at times to
be faithful to God. Paul faced persecution, misunderstanding, betrayal,
and death threats. His Christian life was anything but easy, yet he
Your faith in God is not
proven by beginning the race but by enduring to the finish. Publicly
announcing your commitment to Christ in your church does not compare
with a lifetime of devotion to His cause. Use Paul as your model. Live
your life in such a way that you can one day conclude, "I have fought
the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith!”
—Experiencing God Day by Day