FIGHT TO THE END
"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 NKJV
In 2 Timothy 4:7-8, Apostle Paul who was commissioned into ministry on the road to Damascus, was nearing the end of his life and ministry. Years prior, he had been faced with turmoil, tribulations, opposition and battles. There were days he felt like giving up, days he almost died prematurely both at the hands of his adversaries and natural disasters. Through it all he remained focused, trusted God, took on every challenge and pushed to the end.
2 Timothy 4:7 is both instructive as it is informative. To finish well, you must:
1. Fight the good fight.
2. Run the full course of the race.
3. Do both with discipline, diligence and total trust in God.
Now comes the reward: A CROWN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS.
There's no reward to those who give up.
Understand that life is a journey. One starts from a point and ends at another. The road won't be easy but there's an assurance that God will help you through it. Anyone who stays at one place without making any advancements will not accomplish his or her God given mandate. Those who honour the duty laid on them are those who will receive heaven's reward.
In this season, as I teach on the subject OIL TO FINISH, pray for God to equip you with all that you need to excel and to fulfill your purpose.
I am convinced that you will make it to the end because God is on your side.
May the blessings of God be your portion in the name of Jesus. Amen.