There is power in “finishing well.” None of us know how we will ultimately “finish” this journey of life. I imagine we all hope to finish with people that we love and cherish in our lives. We also most likely want to finish having left a mark on this world, being people of integrity, morality, hope, and love.
So those are things we are mindful of as we continue our journey. Whether it is our times of ease and joy or whether it is times of difficulty, spent in the wilderness.
One of the powerful components of our faith is we get to see how Jesus “began” his journey and also how he finished.
We see all the parts and pieces of his life. How he lived through the testing and temptations. The scorn from society and those who should have accepted him.
And we see how he finished . . . offering forgiveness, hope, careful compassion, love, and grace
Telling the thief beside him, “Today, you’ll be with me in paradise!”
Or crying out to God, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”
Or making sure that his mother would be cared for, “Son (to John), behold your mother. Mother, behold your son.”
He could have been consumed with his pain, his anger, how “unfair” it all was. But instead, he chose to “finish well.”
Our journeys will in part be defined by how we finish.
How can we model our lives after Christ so that not only do we finish well, but we live well too?
Interesting things to consider.
Hebrews 12: 1-3
Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!
Click below to watch the message relating to this “Musing Meditation.”
Living Through Life’s Tests