"Finishing The Race"

November 13, 2020 | By Chuck

Who starts a race with no plans to finish it? When we start a race, we do so with the goal to finish it. In fact, much of the time great emphasis is placed on where and how we finish. Nearing the end of his time in this world, the apostle Paul likened his life to a race he had finished. “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (II Tim.4:6-7).

Life is like a race, with a beginning and an end. Some races are longer than others, but no matter the length, we will all finish the race of life someday. No matter where our race takes us or the pitfalls and difficulties we must maneuver, all that matters is how we finish. Paul endured so much in his lifetime but he finished the race having kept the faith. This life is mean and ugly at times and will beat the faith out of you if you allow it. Whatever obstacles we face in this life, we must finish with a strong committed faith in Jesus. When you’re nearing the finish line of your race, all that will matter at that point is finishing with your faith.

Paul finished his race with faith, so he went on to his eternal reward in heaven. Running the race of this life is about preparing for the ultimate prize of heaven. Pace yourself, run well, get up when you fall and keep the faith all the way through the finish line. “Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved His appearing” (II Tim.4:8).