"You Finished Well!" (2)
Review: At the 1968 Olympics, an hour after the marathon’s winner crossed the finish line, Tanzania’s John Stephen Akhwari limped across the finish line, injured in a fall early in the race. Asked why he didn’t quit, he said, “My country did not send me 7,000 miles to start this race. My country sent me 7,000 miles to finish the race.”
One of Christ’s boldest proclamations came from the cross when He roared “It is finished! I have completed what God has purposed for me!”
Starting means nothing if there is no finish. Anyone can start. Jesus came to call you and me to finish. Let’s just say you ran a 10-lap race and for the first 9 laps you were you setting a new world record. At that point you decided not to complete the final lap. In that instance, your 9 world setting laps means very little.
Overview: Looking at our lives now and looking back on how we have
spent our life, we want to be convinced that God is saying to us: “You have and are fighting the good fight. You are running God’s race. You have fulfilled your purpose. You have remained faithful – You finished well!”
At the End: What a fulfilling thrill, when it comes time to die, to look back on our past and be able to say, “I’ve been a part of the great struggle for the cause of Christ!”
Paul says it this way in 2 Timothy 4:6 – “As for me, my life has already been poured out as a drink offering to God. The time of my death is near. (7)I’ve fought the good fight. I’ve finished the race. I’ve remained faithful. (8) And now the prize awaits me – the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.”
The question we must be answering now is this: “When we come to the end of our lives, will we be able to look back and say, “I have been involved in the great battle for the cause of Christ?”
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