Acts 20:24 NIV 2011
However, 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.
Paul spoke to the elders he’d appointed from Ephesus encouraging them to continue on for the cause of Christ. Led by the Holy Spirit, he was on his way to Jerusalem and did not know what lay before him. Acts 10:22, “And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there.” Paul would never cease to share the Good News. Like Timothy, he would finish that race. 2 Timothy 4:7, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” Sharing the Good News is a faith race worth finishing.
My friend sent this Scripture yesterday. It’s a vivid reminder that lacing up tennis shoes is a must to finish a game or race. I need to spend time daily on my knees and in God’s Word to keep myself ready to race again. As believers we are all actually in the same race as Paul and Timothy. Neither ever waivered in their resolve: to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We need to be about what each of us has been called to do: share the Good News and finish the race.
How will we finish the race?
Sharing Jesus together,