WHILE STARTING A new job is sometimes difficult, the real challenge is trying to finish it:
- It’s easier to sign up for a baseball team than it is to practice every day, play the games and complete the season.
- It’s easier to sign the purchase agreement for a new pickup truck than it is to maintain it, wash it, and make regular payments on it for 60 months.
- It’s easier to start writing a book than it is to put the words to paper, edit, correct and put all of your effort into a finalized product.
- It’s easier to start a new year’s resolution to be healthier than it is to eat a wholesome diet, work out and exercise regularly, and then maintain that activity until you reach your physical goals.
- It’s easier to say “I do” on your wedding day than it is to love, exhibit patience, forgive, give, etc. for better for worse, in sickness and health, for richer for poorer, until death do you part.
Likewise, it’s easier to decide to follow Jesus, confess His name/deity, and be immersed for the remission of sins than it is to face hardship, overcome discouragement, and then do what is holy and right on the daily basis.
But if we genuinely want to live in eternity with our heavenly Father, we have to learn to be a good “finisher.”
The apostle Paul said, “I have fought the good fight, I have FINISHED the race…” (2 Tim. 4:7; cf. Acts 20:24).
Christian friend, it’s not enough that you and I start.
We also have to learn how to finish.
“God loves you and I love you and that’s the way it’s gonna be!” – Mike