fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. (2
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 persevered.
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!”