Read: 2 Timothy 4:1-8
Sometimes we may set out on starting new ventures and attempting to finish them in life. It may be education, a business, a job, or anything for which we may devote much attention and time in the beginning. But as time passes, our interest and desire to complete it may tend to wane. Though some of those things may cause some inconveniences, they may not be life threatening. Nevertheless, we may tend to think over those lost opportunities and regret the fact that we didn’t complete it.
When the apostle Paul spoke of the conclusion of his life, he did not have any nagging thoughts of unfinished business about his ministry. In this final farewell (2 Tim. 4:7), Paul used words rich in imagery to talk about finishing his service for Christ. He described his life and ministry in terms of a fight: “I have fought the good fight.” The fight was good because he had engaged in it for God and the gospel. Then he used the imagery of a race as synonymous with his ministry: “I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” Paul affirmed that by God’s grace he had finished all that God had intended for him to do.
It is always easy to start something, but difficult and challenging to finish it. In the spiritual aspect, it is easy to start the walk with the Lord, but it is a daily challenge to continue to remain in Him and walk in the way that is pleasing to Him. With His grace, we can finish the race that is set before us. As followers of Jesus, let us strive to be finishers, persevering in our service for Jesus Christ. Let us run the race with eternity in view.