The end of a thing is better than its beginning
Ecclesiastes 7:8a NKJV
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Have you ever started an online course, a book, or a movie just to finish halfway? I have done all. Your Christian race, however, is not something to finish halfway.
Apostle Paul was admonishing the Corinthians in the book of 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 that they are to finish their Christian race well. He said:
24. Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.
25. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.
26. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air.
27. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.
I Corinthians 9:24-27 NKJV
I personally love to read these verses in The living Bible translation. It says:
24. In a race everyone runs, but only one person gets first prize. So run your race to win.
25 To win the contest you must deny yourselves many things that would keep you from doing your best. An athlete goes to all this trouble just to win a blue ribbon or a silver cup, but we do it for a heavenly reward that never disappears.
26 So I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step. I fight to win. I’m not just shadow-boxing or playing around.
27 Like an athlete I punish my body, treating it roughly, training it to do what it should, not what it wants to. Otherwise I fear that after enlisting others for the race, I myself might be declared unfit and ordered to stand aside.
Nehemiah also wanted to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem and made sure nothing would stop him. When he realised that a war might likely stop him, he told all the workers and labourers to work with one hand and hold their weapons with the other (Nehemiah 4:15-23). He was intentional about his goal and saw to it that it was completed. This is what it means to count the cost.
God isn’t pleased with a job done halfway.
This year, before making any decision, count the cost.
You can as well learn from the five foolish virgins that to finish well, you must equip yourself with extra ‘oil’. The five folish virgins didn’t have extra oil though they waited all night to see the bridegroom. (Matthew 25:1-13)
It’s not enough to give yourself to a goal, you must have the resources that will ensure you finish well. Your extra oil as a believer is your Bible, as well as books written by inspiration of the Holy Spirit through men, conferences, audio messages and more. You must be well equipped like the five wise virgins.
Ask yourself these questions according to 1 Corinthians 9:25
-What is the contest (the goal in view)?
– What are the many things that will keep me from doing my best?
– Why will they keep me from doing my best?
– How do I deny myself from doing these things?
– What are the “extra oils” (resources) I need to ensure I finish this contest?
Lastly, remember that it is not by power nor by might but by the Spirit (Zechariah 4:6). Always remember to ask God for help and strength.
Jesus loves you so much. Jesus loves you so much and He is interested in every area of your life. He wants you to finish your race well. He, together with many witnesses in Heaven, is cheering you on.