I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7
Physical races are common all over the world. People run or race cars in races in order to win a prize. In order for someone to be good enough to win the first prize, he must work at it and keep running. He must fight against his body crying out for him to stop.
In the same way, there are also many other races that people have to run in life. However, when things get difficult, people give up the fight and stop running the race. They allow others to win the race.
Paul is evidently nearing the end of his life as he tells Timothy that he has fought the good fight and is finishing the race. He never gave up on the faith.
The greatest fight a person can fight is for the fight of his soul and the souls of other people. Living on this earth for God is a race against death and sin. The world does not want anyone to succeed in following God, because it goes against everything they believe.
The world will do whatever it can to stop a believer from following God. For the believer there is a race against time to keep in the race and to finish it. The finish line is when a believer dies.
Many people have succumbed to the pressures of this world to give up the race and quit the faith. They got weary and chose to stop running and fighting for their souls and the souls of others.
Every believer needs to look at what is at the finish line–eternal life. No one knows exactly where is finish line is, but he must never give up on the race and the fight until he crosses the finish line and wins the prize.
As you are going through life, the world will throw every thing it can at you to stop you from following Jesus. Do not give in to the pressure to stop. Do not give up what you know to be truth from God’s word.
Rely upon God strength to keep running and fighting the good faith for your soul and the souls of others. It won’t be long before you will cross the finish line and you don’t want to be caught short of finishing it well with God.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hold on to your faith in God; that you will fight against the temptation to sin against God; that you will keep running the race that God has called you to run; and that you will finish the race God has given you.