In this life, it’s really not about the way we start in life; it’s about how we finish. It doesn’t matter how we started, what matters is whether we finish our course. It’s very easy to get something started, but the fact of the matter is that, the hardest part in accomplishing anything worthwhile is to persevere till the finish line of the end goal result, or towards accomplishing it. Even if we have to crawl (moving at a snail’s pace …hahaha) while pursuing the things we have started, we should aim to finish what we started.
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Apostle Paul recorded in the Bible in book of 2 Timothy chapter 4 verses 7 and 8, saying “I have done my best in the race, I have run the full distance, and I have kept the faith. And now there is waiting for me the victory prize of being put right with God, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on that day and not only to me, but to all those who wait with love for Him to appear.”
As many of us know, the Lord Jesus, after He was crucified on the Cross, at His last breath, the only three words He uttered was “It Is Finished.” Though He was in great pain, and about to lose His last breath, what The Lord Jesus was looking forward to, was that He finished the debt of His crucifixion, as the Lamb of God Who was to be sacrificed or slain for the redemption of mankind through His blood shed by His death. Nothing else mattered at that moment for the fact that He paid in full the debt of sin required to purchase our freedom and released us from being slaves to sin and evildoing, and made sin to have no more power on us through Him.
People who had so much debt know how it feels after they have finished paying their debts. Even though it took some of them years of hard work, disciplining themselves, and living below their means; after they managed to pay their debt, they got so much relief to the point that what they went through to get to that accomplishment didn’t matter at all for the joy and relief they got to just to be able to accomplish and pay their debt.
So it’s important to finish what we started because as we all know that rewards are given at the end of the tournament, and not at the beginning. The rewards we are looking for in life are actualized at the end of the finish line. We may not know exactly what tomorrow may bring us if we don’t continue to persevering. Besides, winners finish till the end. Successful people were successful because they made their goals, dreams, or objective to a success, or to a completion.
The Lord Jesus knew His assignments. The Lord Jesus knew what He came on earth to do. He also knew that it was very important He finished the work the Father had given Him to do. Just prior to His arrest by the Romans, the Lord Jesus prayed His last public prayer, asking the Father to glorify Him, just as He had glorified the Father on earth having “finished the work the Father have given Him to do.”
In the book of John chapter 17 verses 1 to 5, it records “After saying all these things, Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son so He can give glory back to You. For You have given Him authority over everyone. He gives eternal life to each one You have given Him. And this is the way to have eternal life—to know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the One You sent to earth. I brought glory to You here on earth by completing the work You gave Me to do. Now, Father, bring Me into the glory We shared before the world began.”
One of the many assignments the Lord Jesus came to do was to “seek and save that which is lost.” In the book of Luke chapter 19 verses 9 to 10, it records that the Lord Jesus said to Zacchaeus, “Today Salvation has come to this house, because he is also a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
The Lord Jesus also came to provide atonement for the sins of all who would ever believe in Him, and to reconcile sinful men to a holy God.
In the book of Romans chapter 3 verses 23 to 25, it records “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in His grace, freely makes us right in His sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when He freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed His life, shedding His blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when He held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past.”
But also in the book of 2 Corinthians chapter 5 verses 18 and 19, “And all of this is a gift from God, Who brought us back to Himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to Him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And He gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation.”
So it was very important the Lord Jesus finished His assignments to the end, because He was God’s plan for our redemption. There were so many benefits for us and we depended on the Lord Jesus to accomplish all He came to do. Examples of some of the benefits include; eternal life (John 3:16), forgiveness of sins (Ephesians 1:7), righteousness and deliverance from sin’s bondage (Romans 6; Titus 2:14; 1 Peter 1:14-17), freedom from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13), adoption into God’s family (Galatians 4:5), peace with God (Colossians 1:18-20), and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Therefore when we are redeemed, we are forgiven, reconciled, adopted, justified, freed, and made holy.
One thing about God’s awesomeness is that we don’t have to start, continue, and finish alone. When we have God helping us, we only need to stay in faith and do our best we can on our side and yield to God’s direction and guidance. It’s pretty clear that God will always finish what He started with us and in our lives; we might as well seek Him and rely for His help and strengths. He will always complete what He started in our lives. In the book of Philippians chapter 1 verse 6, it says “Being confident of this, that He Who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
We need help from God to succeed, to advance, to breakthrough, or to move to the next level in our lives. Even though God uses our fellow human beings to help us, but He is the true author of help, because if He doesn’t put in the heart of people to help you, then you may not be helped as you should be. He can move people’s hearts to favor you, and everything concerning you. And sometimes that’s all it takes to advance in life, achieving your goals, to make good impact and differences in the lives of others as well, and so on, is for God to approve and favor you.
What does it mean for us? It doesn’t matter where we are now, and how we started, all it matters is whether we get to the finish line, and whether we did our best to finish well, because there is finishing, and then there is finishing it well.
We may be facing all kinds of things along the way in order to finish what we started, but if we decide to stay in faith and continue to pressing forward, God will help us finish well what we started. How many stories and testimonies of people that we know whose lives changed from shame and end up into honor, from rags and ended up into riches, and so on? Many of the successful and great people we know, they all started from lowliest places, but then they kept on progressing, and kept on increasing and enlarging their territories.
Therefore, what we can also learn is that our mistakes, our failures, our poor choices, if we can surrender them to God, He will help us turn them into our good. We don’t have to be stuck and remain in our shortcomings. We might as well start, or continue to pressing forward to the best versions of ourselves.
We can achieve our dreams and goals in smaller steps, take one step at a time towards the finish line, rely and trust on God’s strengths and faithfulness, and keep doing our best along the way.
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