2 Timothy 4:7 Keep Going Until You Finish

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.

Colossians 4:17 Finish The Work To Be Done

Tell Achippus: “See to it that you complete the ministry you have received from the Lord.” Colossians 4:17

It is easy for many people to start a task or job and not complete it. Distractions come along and get people off task.

In the workplace, if a person does not complete a task it will often cost him a job or a promotion.

Outside the workplace, there is seldom a severe consequence of not completing a task. Most tasks outside of a job are personal choice tasks, with no one to hold anyone accountable to the task.

As Paul closes out his letter to the Colossians, he has some words towards specific people. He tells them to tell Archippus to complete the ministry he was given to do.

The church is one of the places where the highest level of volunteer work is done. Very few people are paid anything to do a church ministry. and those who do get paid, often get paid very little for the amount of work to be done.

When a job is a volunteer job, many people do not place a high priority upon it. They can take it or leave it, often not giving their best to complete the job.

God has given every believer some type of job or ministry to do. Over the years one may also change what he does for a ministry. At a minimum, every believer has the ministry to be a witness to the lost.

Instead of only half doing the job or completely stopping, one must continue to work at it until it is completed or God releases the call for that ministry.

God has a purpose for the ministry He has given each believer to do. If that person does not complete the ministry, something will be lacking in the church and the world.

You may already be doing a ministry for God. If not, you must seek what God has for you to do. In whatever ministry God has you working in, do not give up or stop doing what you have been called to do. Finish the work, just as Jesus completed His work when He died upon the cross.

Work in the power and strength of God that has been given you through His Holy Spirit. If you do not complete your task, someone may suffer and the kingdom of God will suffer a loss.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the task God has called you to do; that you will work at the task with the strength and guidance of the Holy Spirit; and that you will complete the task God has given you.

John 17:4 Finish The Work

I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. John 17:4

Leaders or bosses have a mission to do that is larger than themselves. Since it is larger than themselves, they require workers to work underneath them.

Each worker is given a task to do. As each one accomplishes his task to completion, the larger mission is completed and the leader/boss is exalted. He was able to accomplish the greater mission and everyone sees it and praises him for the good work.

The workers make the boss look good or bad, by how well they do their work.

As Jesus was preparing to die, He prayed to His Father some last prayers. He pointed out that He had finished the work He was given to do.

Every company has an overarching goal to accomplish in mind. People are hired that will be able to do the work needed to be done in order to meet that goal. If anyone does not do his part, the goal may not be met.

Just as God the Father had given Jesus a task to do, so Jesus has given every believer a task to do. That task is to be His witness and to make disciples.

The actual work being done by each believer may look different. Some may be working with children or adults, or an certain ethnic group, or some other group. Some may be providing teaching only, while others are meeting physical needs. Some may be full time, being paid to do the work, while others are completely volunteer.

Over all of the work, their goal is the same–to be a witness and to make disciples. It is to build God’s kingdom on this earth. At the end of one’s life he must be able to say that he did what God had told him to do and glorified God.

You have also been given a mission by God. What this looks like is unique to you and only tasked by God Himself.

Each day you must ask yourself if you have done all that God has set before you to do for that day. As long as you have breath on this earth, you will have a work to do for God.

Do not find yourself at the end of your days not having done His work. Keep working and finish the job God has for you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the work God has for you to do; that God will give you the strength to do His work; that you will be His witness; and that you will make disciples.

John 19:30 Finishing

“When he had received the drink, Jesus said, It is finished. With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” John 19:30

Jesus had been arrested and crucified. Things were happening just the way He stated that they would. As He was hanging on the cross there came a point where He stated that it was finished and He gave up His spirit and died.

It is very easy to look at the crucifixion of Jesus and believe that it was the people who killed Jesus. Yes, it was the people who arrested Him, and the people who put Him on the cross. However, it was Jesus Himself who allowed Himself to actually die.

Previously Jesus had told the disciples that He was freely laying down His life. He also told Pilate that he had no power to do anything to Him except what was given him by God. No one actually had the power to kill Jesus unless it was given them.

Before Jesus died, He had a work to finish. He had come to do whatever the Father wanted Him to do. Until that was done, His work was not done. The ultimate reason for Jesus to come to the earth was to save all mankind. It was not just to teach how to be good and how to love others, or just to heal people of sickness. It was to save them.

The only way Jesus could save men was to die for them. At the point of this happening, His work on this earth was finished. It was then that He gave up His Spirit and died.

God has you on this earth for a purpose, or even many purposes. Until everything that God wants you to do, you are not done. Do not give up. Keep going forward.

Seek God on what you are supposed to be doing. Do it with all that you have. Do not stop until it is accomplished. Do not sit back and think that you have made it. Until God calls you home in death, you have work to be done here on this earth. Finish the task that you have to do.

I pray today that God will reveal what He wants you to do; that God will give you the strength to do His work; that you will not stop the work early; and that God will use you to bring many to a saving knowledge of Jesus.

John 17:4 Finishing the Work

“I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.” John 17:4

Jesus was praying for Himself. He wanted to be able to bring God glory. He points out that God gave Him the authority to give eternal life to all who believe in Him. Now Jesus states that He is bringing God the Father glory by His finishing the work that God had given Him to do. That work was to make salvation available to the people.

Jesus came to this earth with a set purpose. The purpose was to fulfill the desires of His Father. God wanted to save the world so much that He sent His Son to do so. In order to save the world, Jesus had to go through a series of steps: be born as a baby, grow up as a human, and die a painful death on a cross.

These steps were not easy ones for Jesus to do, but He did them because of His love for His Father and for the people of this world. Imagine how hard it had to be for Jesus. He was the Almighty, Infinite God that created everything, and now He has to die a painful death for someone who did not love Him at all. Yet, Jesus does it because of His great love for His Father and for you.

God has you on this earth also to do a work for Him. Sometimes that work will be simple, like Jesus going to eat with a tax-collector. Other times it could be glorious, like Jesus healing a blind man. Yet, other times it could be extremely painful, like Jesus going to the cross to save all men.

No one knows how long you will live on this earth except God. You cannot know how long you have to do the works that God has for you to do.

What you do know is that you have today. You need to ask God what work He has for you to do today. Be willing to do that work, regardless of how easy or hard it is. Your work today may be the one that brings someone else to Jesus.

Are you willing to do the work He has for you? Are you finishing the work Jesus has already given you to do?

I pray today that you will know the works God has planned for you; that God will give you the strength to do His work; that God will use you to draw many to Jesus; and that you will finish the work that He has given you to do.