Have You Finished The Race?
When Jesus spoke those words, He knew there would be some of his followers who would not have what it took to see them through. He knew they would stop, turn back and not finish the race. I believe this must be one of the most tragic condition possible for a believer, to have started out fully intending to lay hold of Christ, to grow into a mature Christian and become more like Jesus and then to fall and drift away. Those are people who laid a foundation and could not finish because he did not first count the cost. Many years ago, I did this very same thing, but I did come back, I did count the cost and by God’s grace, I will finish the race.
What a joy it is to meet those who are truly finishing the race! These believers are growing in the wisdom and knowledge of the Lord. I’ve watched and witnessed new Christians who are changing daily, from moment to moment. Paul says to them encouragingly, “We all, with open face beholding as in a glass [mirror] the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18). It is not heaven these believers seek, but Christ in his glory!
There may be some reading this mini-sermon who are in the process of pausing or taking a step backward. It may seem like a small step, but it will cause a swift descent away from his love. If this is true of you, realize the Holy Spirit is calling you all the way back, back to repentance, self-denial and surrender. And at this very moment, time is a big factor. If you ever intend to lay hold of Christ, do it now; see it through!
The Apostle Paul said: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:” Fought, Finished and Kept. Sounds to me like Paul counted the cost and saw his calling through to the end. God Bless!