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.

1 Corinthians 9:24 Give It Your All

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 1 Corinthians 9:24

Playing sports is something that a lot of people like to do in their spare time. Most people like to play some sport just for some leisurely fun every so often, but not on a regular basis or with any real seriousness to it.

Very few people are able to have the drive and put in the hard work and effort that professional sportsmen put in. They are content to just be an amateur.

Paul compares the believer’s life to that of a runner. He told the people to run the race in order to win the prize.

In every sport there is one person or team that gets the grand prize. Only one can be number one. In order to win the number one position, one must put in a lot of work and dedication to playing his best or improving to become the best.

As with playing sports, many people become a believer, but do nothing beyond that. They are content to stay right where they are.

Every believer ought to be running hard after God. He should strive to do his best and most for God all the time.

No matter how much a person knows about the bible, there is more to be learned. No matter how much a person prays, there are more prayers to be made. No matter how much a person flees from sin, there is more sin to flee from. No matter how much a person looks like Jesus, there is always room for improvement.

One should always strive to be the best for God in every area of his life, not out of pride, but out of love for God.

Examine your life and see how you are running the race to be more like Jesus and to do things for God. Have you allowed yourself to become lazy and not give your best? Or are you always striving to give your best to God in every area of your life?

Live your life for God in such a way as to be running for the grand prize that only one person can get. Do not allow yourself to be lazy and accept only second place. Every believer can qualify for the grand prize as he runs for it.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will strive to live more like Jesus everyday; that God will give you strength as you run hard after Him; and that you will not be disqualified to gain the prize of eternal life when Jesus returns.

Hebrews 12:1b-2 Where To Focus Your Eyes

 

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And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1b-2

Running a race takes two things, perseverance and focus. There are many runners who have one or the other of these traits, however, it takes both. The person must be willing to keep pushing forward when the run gets rough and he is weary and worn-out. However, he must also stay focused on the end goal to keep moving forward correctly.

People who drive down a road, must stayed focused. If they take their eyes off of the road, they will begin to wander across the lanes or off the road. The majority of accidents that occur are because someone was not focusing on what they were doing, and so they began to wander of the path. Sometimes it is off the road, other times it is into the path of someone else, causing a collision.

In life, there are people who are focused on getting wealthy, or purchasing some item, or getting a certain position. Those who do not focus on anything in life, just wander around, not really accomplishing anything.

Believers have the same struggle. They must keep their eyes focused on Jesus. This will give encouragement to keep moving forward and to turn away from all sin.

The path to heaven is narrow and is only found through Jesus. If one is not focused on Jesus it will be easy to move off the path and lose the gift God is giving you of forgiveness and eternal life.

Focusing on Jesus is an easy thing to do, if you are willing to do it. Read the Bible daily and memorize some verses. Keep your mind focused on what God says about how to live life on this earth.

Take time throughout the day to sing a song of praise to God. Worship Him and your eyes will automatically focus on Jesus.

Looking at this world will take your eyes off of Jesus and cause you to leave the path. It will bring you into the path of sin and death, not the eternal life God has for you.

Where are your eyes focused today?

I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will focus your life on Jesus; that you will live your life as God desires; and that you will keep running the race God has for you.