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.