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Thursday, 05 January 2017 17:28

Grace to Finish Well

Written by  Kemi Searcy
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There is one thing I absolutely love, and that is a clean house. I came to that realization a few years back, after I had returned from a ministry trip to find my house in shambles. My children had entertained their friends with some sort of party in my absence. After I couldn’t get them to admit to the reason for the mess, I immediately got into my “cleaning mode.” After hours of cleaning and rearranging to my satisfaction, I sat on my reclining chair with a glass of water and a sense of a “Yeah! I got it done” feeling swept over my soul. This was the first time I had admitted to what my children had always jokingly accused me of, saying that while people will be worshiping in heaven, I will be cleaning. 

Desire accomplished is sweet to the soul, says the psalmist. I agree, don’t you? As small as my cleaning project was, I felt so much joy when I was able to get it done. How much happier will I be when I get to the end of my journey to hear that baritone voice of my Savior saying, “Well done, thou faithful servant; you ran well, you finished strong; enter into the joy prepared for you.”

 

God likens our life on earth to a race, and admonishes us to run with single-hearted devotion to purpose.

 

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” (Hebrews12:1)

 

You may not know it yet, but there is a purpose to your existence; there is a cause chartered for you. You are not here by accident. God had planned your destiny before your life began. In short, He has a specific task He wants you to get done before you see His face in heaven. If you don’t know your destiny, I suggest you ask God quickly, because you cannot finish if you do not know your responsibility.

 

To those of us who have already embraced our assignments, we need the grace of God so as not to be negligent in discharging those duties. So many well-intentioned resolutions are going to be formed and penned this New Year. Yet, I wonder how many of those resolutions are going to be followed through, how many prayers are going to be abandoned, and how many visions are going to be ignored by the end of the year? How many devils are going to get blamed for our lack of enthusiasm and negligence?

 

Run with the Price in View

Jesus won his race keeping in focus the great price He was to win at the end of his cause. When he was tempted to give up, slow down, and quit, Jesus remembered what He was to gain if He persisted. He found that there was no comparison between the two; therefore He stuck with the plan. Now He has become the First Born of many generations, the Lord of Lords, and the King of Kings, ruling at the right hand of God the Father. Who would give all that up to accept a failing kingdom from the devil, or a piece of stone turned into bread, knowing the joy of the crown ahead? 

 

Run with Endurance

The Webster dictionary defines “endurance” as “the ability to do something difficult for a long time, the ability to deal with pain or suffering that continues for a long time.”

 

If I have my way, I would love to remove the phrase “long time” from the end of the definitions, but that is where most of our problems come into play.  As women, we don’t mind some level of suffering, but not for a long period of time.  We’ve coined a phrase: “there is a limit to human endurance.” But this can’t be a mantra of those who desire to finish well. We must learn patience and endurance.

 

Shake Off All Hinderance

You cannot run faster or longer if you are laden with heavy burdens. Take counsel from the Wise Counselor (the Holy Spirit), and cast off all weights and every sinful lifestyle.

 

Zeal to Win

Nothing can be won without a desire to win; winning takes discipline, time, and hard work. The difference between those who meet all of their resolutions and those who don’t is their zeal or the lack there of. A zealous person will go the extra mile, scale every hill, and cross every valley in order to win.

 

Grace to Win

Realize that God wants you in the winning position throughout the race of life. He is committed to your victory.

 

Dear Sister, ask Him for your specific grace and strategy to finish well and He will give it to you!

 

 

 

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