“I've read the last page of the Bible. It's all going to turn out all right.” - Billy Graham
My personality profile tells me that I am very results oriented. In other words, I do not like to leave things unfinished. I like to check things off my to-do list. In fact, it bothers me when I cannot finish something. I like finishing things.
The word “finish” is also used a lot in sports with the idea that we want our teams to finish the game strong and win. We want to keep our efforts so high throughout the contest that we finish with excellence.
More importantly, I believe the Lord would have us to finish strong spiritually and with excellence. It sounds good but how do we do that? How can we finish strong spiritually? I have listed below some keys to finishing strong.
- Focus on Who You Must Trust to Finish Strong
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:5-6
I believe we must anchor ourselves in allowing God to complete His work in us. We must settle in our hearts that we cannot finish strong by our own efforts. Instead, we must rely on God totally and allow Him to live through us.
- Focus On Being Faithful
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.” 2 Timothy 4:7
I believe that we must commit ourselves to developing our relationship with the Lord through the study of His Word, prayer, and committing our hearts to Him completely. We must stay faithful to these things.
- Focus on God’s Faithfulness
“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Philippians 1:6
We must know that God is faithful and can be counted on to carry through on what He has promised to us if we are faithful. If we allow Him to live through us and not try to live for ourselves, God will enable us to finish strong.
My heart’s desire is that I will finish strong spiritually and leave for my family a true legacy of faith. Just like Billy Graham said above, “I have read the last page of the Bible” and I know if I commit my life to God it will “all turn out all right.”