2 Timothy 4:7 Will You Finish The Race With The Faith?

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7

Starting something is usually relatively easy to do. Every day millions of projects are started by people all over the world. These can be little things, that only involve a few people, to large national level events, both personal and business.

Once started, however, an overwhelming majority of these projects will not be completed. Most often they are stopped because of some difficulty that was not overcome. Because of the difficulties, people lose hope and quit, rather than finishing the project.

Closing out his letter to Timothy, Paul says that he has fought the good fight, finishing the race and kept the faith.

As soon as a person chooses to believe in and follow Jesus, he begins a race or a new project for his life. The majority of the world is out to stop him and beat him down in the race, to get him to quit and give up.

In every race, people are competing for the number one spot that only one person can have. The race that the believer is in, is one in which every person can have that gold medal of number one. One is a physical race, the other is a spiritual/physical race. In both types of races, the runner has to keep going and not give up, despite pain, suffering and other challenges.

Many people begin the race in believing in Jesus, but quit because of the struggles and trials in their life or the temptations of this world. It is a battle that can be very fierce and deadly at times that one needs to fight in order to finish.

Holding on to the faith and hope that one has, can give a believer the strength and power to keep going and finish the race and enter heaven some day.

If you have chosen to believe in Jesus, you are in a battle and a race for your life. Fight the good fight of fighting against the temptations to withdraw from the race or to give in to sin. Hold on to the faith you received when you first believed in Jesus and do not give up.

Know the hope you have in Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Never forget what He has done for you to give you strength to keep going.

Finish the race!

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will strengthen you to fight against the temptations thrown your way; that you will hold on to your faith in God and Jesus; and that you will finish the race God has set before you.

1 Corinthians 9:26 Have Focused Running

Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 1 Corinthians 9:26

Running a race is something that takes more than just physical running. Those who are often a winner at running, have the ability to have focus.

At the beginning of the race, he has a focus on where the end goal is. As he is running, he is focused on his breathing and on his steps being made. Without a direct and constant focus, the runner will run aimlessly, wasting his time and losing the race.

Paul, in talking about going for a prize, said that he does not run aimlessly or just shadow box the air.

The walk of a believer is one that must have some focus in it. Just claiming to believe in Jesus and repenting of sins will not keep one on the right path with God.

It is sadly common that many believers claim to believe in Jesus, but will daily, purposefully walk in sin. Others have better focus, but allow themselves to stray into sinful practices on a regular basis on purpose.

In the end, the ultimate goal of a believer is to be more and more like Jesus every day, and to be holy as God is holy. God’s standard is one of perfection and He has given the believer everything he needs to attain it.

While running this race in this fallen world, this takes razor sharp focus. All around the believer there is sin ready to trap and destroy him. Yet, when focused, in front of him is the goal of being like Jesus and God’s holiness.

Staying in God’s word and hiding it in the heart, and continual praying will allow one to be led by His Holy Spirit so that he can run with focus in this life with a focus on God’s path for him.

You are in the race for your life. God has already given you everything you need to run that race. He is also giving you the strength and focus you need to finish it well.

Do not allow yourself to be distracted by the temporary things and sin of this fallen world. Focus all of your mind, strength and attention upon God and His goal for your life.

Keep running with focus to win the prize of life with God for eternity in heaven.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the path God has for your life; that you will be focused on what God has for you; that you will be more like Jesus every day; and that God will give you the strength to keep running the race He has you on.

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.