"I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me-the task of testifying to the good news of God's grace."
When I was in the Army, as I enter the final few minutes of our forty-minute workout, I can remember the Drill Instructor yell out, "Finish strong!"
Everywhere I went, in my military career, every instructor I've known, uses the phrase a few minutes before cool down. They know that the end of the workout is just as important as showing up for it. And they know that the human body has a tendency to want to slow down or slack off when it's been in motion for a while.
The same is true in our journey with Jesus. Paul told the elders of the church at Ephesus that he needed to finish strong as he headed to Jerusalem, where he was certain to face more persecution as an apostle of Christ (Acts 20:17-24). Paul, however, was undeterred. He had a mission and that was to finish the journey he'd begun and to do what God called him to do. He had one job-to tell "the good news of God's grace" (v. 24). And he wanted to finish strong. Even if hardship awaited him (v. 23), he continued to run towards his finish line-focused and determined to remain steadfast in his journey.
Whether we're exercising our physical muscles or working out our God given abilities through actions, words, and deeds, we too can be encouraged by the reminder to finish strong. Don't "become weary" (Galatians 6:9). Don't give up. God will provide what you need to finish strong.
What do you do when you get tired and feel like giving up?
What's the benefit of finishing strong?
If you have something, you need to do in your life and feel like giving up remember Jesus is right beside you cheering you on to finish the race and become a winner in Christ.