If you thought you re the first one struggling with finishing, think again. Jesus struggled with finishing. For three and a half years He served His mission on earth yet when the time came for Him to finish, three times He prayed at the garden of Gethsemane. Lord this is too much; if it is possible take this cup away from me.
I am concerned because we are living in a world that has become comfortable with going to school and getting an incomplete education; getting married and never going all the way to the end. Pushing hard from January only to lose hope in December when things seem not to have worked out like expected
God has provided sufficient grace enough to take us through the challenges of life, and that is why January came and went, February came and went and you were still kept of God. You would have died then, buried and forgotten you’d be by now, but God chose to preserve you. He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing necessary for us to finish strong. Storms came and passed, persecution came and somewhat you survived. People dropped out of college in your year, you didn’t have the money but still the axe missed you.
2 Timothy 4:7(KJV) I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
I have fought a good fight, you might have seen the glamor but you don’t know what I went through for you to see the glorious ending. I lost a lot of time, I lost a lot of money, I lost a lot of friends but I kept the faith. When I was down on my knees, I kept the faith, broke, I was still believing, lonely I was still believing, betrayed, I still believed. I kept the faith
When you lose the job, keep the faith, when you lose a spouse, keep the faith. When you bury your child, keep the faith. When your business crumbles down and you lose everything, keep the faith. Faith is not a physical thing, it’s a conviction. It is a spiritual affair that the physical eye cannot comprehend.
I want to go to a job that is full of chaos and haters but just smile at everybody there and do my job thankfully. I want to come home to my noisy irritating dramatic wife, just hold her and say you what babe, I love you. I want to open up the door for my ruthless husband, welcome him home, remove his shoes and jacket, treat him to a nice meal and just love on him. You know why? Because I have come to a point where I have an understanding that it is not about them, it is about me defying that urge to quit. God didn’t bring you this far for you to quit. You have run that race from January, through thick and thin and now it is December, child of God, whether what you hoped for has come to pass or not, you are not going to quit. 31 days remaining before the end of this year is a long period of time for God to come through for you, don’t give up on yourself and don’t you quit on God.
Listen, life is the only race which, it is not about winning. Forget winning. In this walk of life, we run together, but it is not a competition, it is not about who finishes first or last, it is about finishing.
Paul says “I have finished my course”. I didn’t finish your course, I finished mine. Finishers are not nosy. They do not peep into people’s personal affairs, they do not go talking behind other people’s backs, they do not try managing other people’s life coming up with ideas to fix this and that in their lives, but they understand they’re on their course. Finishers are in this race to run together, to lift up one another but not to be the fixers.
Nobody quits what they can control, in most cases we quit because we cannot control what is happening around us. The good news is this, if you can’t control it, take it to God. You have come a long way to give up now, don’t quit. The grace is sufficient.