Finishing the Race

Jesus in one of His parables talked about the possibility of a man being ridiculed by others for laying the foundation of a tower but not able to finish it. Others will say about him: “This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.”

Jesus said this example to ask us to count the cost of discipleship. If you decide to follow Jesus count the cost of following him till the very end. In other words plan to finish your race. Jesus himself bore the cross and finally claimed triumphantly on the cross: “It is finished.”

Beginning well in your race is not enough. You have to persevere (that means you need to keep on running in spite of every doubt, difficulty or discouragement) in your race looking to Jesus. This is important because Jesus did not grow weary nor did he lose heart in spite of opposition from sinful men. He completed His race. You should be encouraged by His example to finish your race.

Paul was someone who always thought of finishing his race on earth. He knew that ahead of him lay prison and hardships because he was warned by the Holy Spirit. But Paul said, “I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.”

Your God is someone who will bring to completion whatever good work He began to do in your life. He is a great Finisher. That is why Jesus reminded us: “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”

May God give you grace to finish well in life. Amen!

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