When Jesus had tasted it, He said, “It is finished!” Then He bowed his head and released his spirit. —John 19:30

The Bible is filled with the stories of so many people who had tremendous potential but crashed and burned in the spiritual race.
Saul who later became the apostle Paul, had incredible potential, but he disobeyed God repeatedly. Then there was Samson. Talk about power. He had an incredible ability to vanquish his enemies. Yet Samson went down in flames… because he played around with sin. Sin ultimately played around with him, and it culminated in his own death.  Both of these men started well, but they didn’t finish well. They ran fast in the beginning, but they didn’t get across the finish line as they should have.
It reminds me of the game Relay Race; we played it every year at my company picnic where I used to work. We lined up at one end of the field with a ball between our knees. We would then run to the opposite side… if we dropped the ball we would have to go back to the start line and try again. Of course, the person to make it to the finish line first, won the race! I started well but then gave up, after dropping the ball ten times.
How many times do we start off well and then give up on being loyal to our Lord and Savior? Like Saul and Samson, these men ran fast and then dropped the ball in the end. They didn’t get to the finish line the way they should.
Are we getting to the finish line the way God wants us to, or are we taking it in our own hands and dropping the ball?

If your life were to end today, would you be able to say, “I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful?”


Kathy Avens
Youth Director
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