Finish Well

Jude 20-23 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.”

January 1st, 2019, there were many resolutions made to better ourselves. Here on December 31st, we can ask just how well we did at keeping them. For some, we lasted a few weeks: others, a few months. Very few have made it through the year with the changes we made at the beginning of the year. 

Ecclesiastes 7:8 Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.”

Songs and sermons have been written about the good intentions we all have in our life. Until those intentions become actions, we will never realize the power we have in Christ to make a difference in someone’s life. I have found that the struggle is in the ‘how.’

Many of us have in our life the one person who seems to have all the answers and information. Yet, their life doesn’t show the results of what they know. 

There are programs, conferences, podcasts, and online classes to show the ‘how to’ apply these things to our lives. Spiritually, we have the opportunity to learn from the best teacher, the Holy Spirit. 

If every child of God could purpose to do what Jude admonishes:

Keep yourselves in the love of God.”

Doing so will allow us to do what follows.

And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.”

If we are to make a difference, we must have a plan. Most churches have an outreach ministry. If you attend one that doesn’t, you need to find one that does. We must join ourselves with a body that is alive and desires to follow every command of God. 

Evangelism is the one activity for which we are all qualified. We all have a testimony of receiving Christ as our personal Savior. We can tell what happened to us and build from there. 

The apostle Paul admonished young Timothy to finish well.

2 Timothy 4:5-7 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith”

As this year comes to a close and another ushered in, may we, who are children of God, resolve to finish our course, and  to tell others the most beautiful thing that has ever happened to us. Click here for an example of what to share.

Happy New Year! And may this new year be filled with blessings and miracles and opportunities to tell of the most beautiful gift ever given!

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