Our text for today is from 2nd Timothy 4:7-8. 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
The greatest apostle in the NT had gone thru many things.(Read 2nd Corinthians 11). Now he was coming near to the end of his life but he was able to say with confidence that he had finished this course.
The Lord Jesus finished his course at the cross when he cried, ‘It is finished!’ John 19:30. Thank God he finished his course. If he had not, we would all be in trouble, which brings us to a interesting thought: Who is depending on us to finish our course? Our family, our co-workers, friends, smaller children and only God knows who else. My dad use to say that someone is watching you so we need to be careful how we behave. We all are here for a reason and a purpose and when God is done with us he will call us home. You don’t know how much time you have left so…before you leave this world find out what God wants you to do and do it. Don’t Quit! —– Finish your course.
Years ago my sister gave me this poem while attending school. I have always appreciated it and have never forgotten how it was an encouragement to me to keep going on.
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will When the road you’re traveling seems all uphill When the funds are low and the debts are high And you want to smile and you have to sigh When care is pressing you down a bit Rest, if you must —just don’t quit
Life is hard with its twists and turns As every one of us sometimes learns And many a failure turns about When he might have won, had he stuck it out Don’t t give up, though the pace seems slow You might succeed with another blow
Often the goal is nearer than it seems to a faint and faltering man Often the struggler has given up When he might have captured the victors’ cup And learned too late, when the night slipped down How close he was to the golden crown
Success is failure turned inside out The silver tint of the cloud of doubt And you never can tell how close you are
It may be near when it seems afar So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit Its when things seem worst that you mustn’t—QUIT!