Finishing Strong

Finishing Strong

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

Fighting the Good Fight

Picture the apostle Paul penning this triumphant testimony from a Roman prison, awaiting execution for preaching Christ. Despite horrific persecution, he had no regrets. He had fought well.

Paul knew he had fully engaged in spiritual warfare. He had contended for the gospel at tremendous personal cost. Hardship did not cause him to shrink back or wave the white flag of surrender.

With courage born of deep conviction, Paul battled tirelessly against evil forces trying to sabotage the advance of the Kingdom.

He challenged any philosophy exalting itself above the knowledge of God. Though battered, Paul kept fighting the good fight.

Enduring the Long Race

Paul also compared following Christ to running a grueling marathon. It demanded pacing oneself, resilience during difficulty, and endurance over the long haul.

Our race begins with passionate zeal but requires patient perseverance. Though tempted to coast or veer off course, we must stay true till the finish. Distractions, detours, obstacles and opposition make completing the race exhausting at times. Only through Christ are we empowered to endure.

Like Paul, we should run with joy and hope, not begrudgingly. Eyes fixed on Jesus, we weather every storm, knowing He will carry us across the line. Victory is assured if we do not give up.

Keeping the Faith

Most importantly, Paul kept the faith. He tenaciously held to his confession of Christ as Lord despite unrelenting pressure to recant. His heart remained wholly devoted to preaching the gospel entrusted to him.

Keeping the faith means refusing to compromise biblical truth for convenience, comfort or culture’s applause. It requires upholding sound doctrine and godly obedience when both come under fire.

By God’s strength, may we cling tightly to our faith as we run our race. Even facing death, Paul would not surrender this treasure he had fought so hard to defend.

Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant

Imagine Jesus greeting you one day with these words: “You fought courageously, ran faithfully and kept your faith. Well done, my good and faithful servant!”

May this envisioned reward from Christ’s lips inspire us to finish life’s marathon well. Keep running with perseverance and contending for the gospel no matter what enemies, trials or distractions are trying to stop you.

Stay faithful to the One who abundantly strengthens you. Then you too can say, “I have fought the good fight and finished my race. I have kept the faith.”

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