Most people don’t finish well. What do I mean by that? At the end of their life they may not end up away from God and in sin, but they die not having finished what God has assigned for them to do on this earth. Our model is Paul – who did all that God had predestined for him to do.
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. 2 Timothy 4:7-8
Ephesians 2:10 tells us that God does have a predetermined list of things that He wants us to accomplish in our life.
For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
Our God is a planner. In His planning He has predestined assignments that He wants to partner with us on. This is one reason we do not immediately go to heaven upon our salvation. He wants us to be a part of what He is doing on the earth.
Here are some tips that I have found to help us finish well.
1. Pray in tongues regularly. This is more important than you may think. When we do this it creates a prayer to heaven that is absent of our biases and preconceived notions. It is our spirit talking straight to the Holy Spirit.
2. Read scriptures to learn about Jesus. If you are in ministry don’t read to just get your next message.
3. Be accountable to someone who is not a yes man or enamored with you.
4. Constantly learn your entire life from books, audio messages, conferences, etc.
5. Watch for Burn Out. Are you weary, tired, cynical?
6. Make sure you are in God’s presence regularly and daily.
7. Concentrate on making your family and marriage strong.
8. Deal quickly with unforgiveness and offense. In my opinion this is the number 1 reason people pull away from passionately following God.
9. Lastly, make sure you are doing God’s purpose for your life not what others expect.
Paul could say that he had finished the race because he knew what his race entailed. Jesus finished the work the Father gave Him to do. Both knew their reasons for being here and stayed true to their work. It is obvious that the most successful finishers knew their purpose and stayed true to it to the end.
It is possible to die with no regrets having done all that God has assigned for you to do.
Both Solomon and King Saul knew their purposes, but they got sidetracked by selfish ambition and personal pleasure. The Pharisees rejected God’s purpose, and that marked the beginning of the end for their movement and way of life (Luke 7:30). The best finishers, such as Jesus, Paul and Joseph, were productive to the end.
We all can too!