One More Lap

Watching the World Olympics is invigorating. Being an “armchair athlete” can be almost as exciting as participating, minus the gold medal. This may sound like a stretch, but you understand my point if ever you have ever watched a sporting event either in person or on television. Every sport has an end goal – finish well.

Staying the course is not easy for an athlete in competition, nor is it easy for followers of Jesus Christ when living out one’s faith in this world. Paul stated perseverance well when he wrote to his protégé, Timothy: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing” (2 Timothy 4:7-8). No one understood endurance through strife more than Paul, yet he never gave up in finishing his calling given to him by Jesus Christ.

Friend, I have a confession. More than anything else, I too have the desire to “finish well” the calling Jesus commissioned upon my life many years ago as one of His followers; however, some days I wonder if have the strength, or the will to finish. I am tempted to pray for God to take me out of the race and simply bring me home. Being a quitter has never been my style in sports or in life, but as this world approaches the time of Christ’s return (and it is), evil and lawlessness are increasing to an astounding level that is testing the resolve of every believer. My prayer for all of us who trust in and anticipate the coming of Jesus Christ is to plant ourselves in the Word of God, pray unceasingly for a pouring out of God’s Holy Spirit power within us, and to never, ever give up hope; but even if I (we) fail, God will not fail, because He is faithful!

God is the Author of “the story,” and He will write the ending in His good timing…

For deeper understanding: read 2 Timothy 4.

“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:9-10, NKJV.