Finishing Your Event
The winner’s podium is in clear view of those who are the winners. Let’s here it for those who persevered to the end! We all cheer for those crossing the finish line. Not everybody who starts an event completes it. The goal is never to quit, but to finish with the best finish you can. We strive to get better and better through each event. We strive to win. So, how do we achieve a strong finish?
Do these things:
1. Recognize what is holding you back and free yourself from it.
Hebrews 12:1-3 (NLT) — Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.
2. Recognize Jesus as your champion example. See what he did and note the results of his finished work.
Hebrews 12:2 (NLT) — We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.
Jesus finished his work and has empowered us to do the same. As co-heirs with Christ, we are seated with him in heavenly places and given direct connection to God, the source of our strength.
Ephesians 2:6 (NLT) — For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.
3. Don’t give up.
Hebrews 12:3 (NLT) — Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up.
4. Don’t be misled. Remember who called you.
Galatians 5:7-8 (NLT) — You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you.
The Medal Winner Podium is Yours
At the end of a race, we all want to hear “well done”, and we also look forward to the rewards set aside for us. Some things that are freely given to us; however, we must receive, access, and make use of these things through the exercise of our faith. This equipping by God empowers the believer (who is a receiver) to love and live in accordance with God’s will. We can run our race, because God makes it possible.
Philippians 4:13 (NLT) — For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
Because we follow a God of victory, we have victory. God made us winners, so we are expected to behave like it.
1 Corinthians 9:24 (NLT) — Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! [emphasis added]
The reason we run to win the prize is not to become winners. We run to win the prize because we are winners. This is a subtle shift in thinking. Those who are winners run to win. It is through recognizing who we are and what we have, that we can take our rightful place on the winner’s podium (your given platform) — not out of arrogance, but out of reverence to glorify God and draw others to him.
1 Peter 2:8b-9 (NLT) …They stumble because they do not obey God’s word, and so they meet the fate that was planned for them. But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. [emphasis added]
Take your inherited position on the winner’s platform, standing in light and standing as the light. You are an Olympian on God’s team, his beloved child in whom he is well-pleased.
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