How to Finish Well

finishing well

2 Timothy 4:6-8 (NIV)

For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store 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 longed for his appearing.

 

There are many people who see the last years of their life as an opportunity to relax.  But this does not fit with God’s purpose for us.  God wants us to serve Him all the days of our lives.

If we look at the Apostle Paul’s journey, we can get a better picture of what it means to finish well.  He spent his time pouring into others until the very end of his life.  Consider the letters he wrote to Timothy from prison prior to being executed.  The verses above come from one of those letters that Paul wrote Timothy.

In every season of our lives, God calls each of us to serve others.

Notice how, when writing about his life, Paul chose words descriptive of battle.  He understood the human struggle against sin as well as the challenges of pain and persecution in the trials we all face in our lives.  These trials come to each of us at some time or another, even if we are doing kingdom work like preaching Christ to a fiercely resistant society.

This godly servant’s life was also marked by surrender.  Paul’s mindset is obvious in these following words:

Romans 12:1(NIV)

12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

Paul was clearly not afraid of the Roman emperor Nero, nor was he struggling to stay alive.  Paul trusted God to determine everything about his life, including where he would go, what he would do, and when he would die.  Death did not scare him, because he knew he would dwell with Jesus forever.

God doesn’t require us to have perfect lives in order to finish strong.  We can live abundantly and still be ready to meet God by surrendering to Him, walking victoriously with Christ, and serving others.  The question is, if Jesus called you home today, would you, like Paul, be confident that you live well until the very end?

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About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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