Follow to the End
29th MARCH, 2021
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.” [2 Timothy 4:7 NLT]
It is commonly said that it is not about how you start, it is about how you finish. Although Jesus started with twelve disciples, eleven of those He chose followed Jesus till their deaths, Judas Iscariot unfortunately did not remain faithful till the end.
What does it take for a disciple to remain faithful? Hebrews 12:1 says that since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, we should throw off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily ensnares us.
Here’s how real it gets! We can daily ask the Holy Spirit to search our hearts to help us get rid of whatever burden, whatever situation or obstacle that hinders our relationship with God. Whatever causes us to struggle in our life as disciples, bring those burdens to God.
Let’s go even deeper. Psalm 55:22 says to cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you, He shall not allow the righteous to be shaken.
Secondly, we must die daily to sin. Paul highlights the need to live in self-control in 1 Corinthians 9:24–27 and encourages us to choose to yield to what the word of God says over what our mind and emotions feel and think.
Hebrews 12:2 highlights our next point; we must look to Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith. He is the reason for our faith, and our trust in Him sustains our faith and completes the full work that Christ has begun in us.
As a disciple, keep Jesus the centre of your focus, not your careers, not even your family or spouse, or money, but Jesus.
Lastly, Hebrews 12:2 also points out to look at the example of Jesus who suffered greatly and endured the cross as an encouragement to us, because despite what He suffered, He was honoured in the end and sits on the throne in heaven. Remember that the disciples all suffered greatly for their faith and died for it.
Likewise, when we go through trials and difficulties as disciples let us remember that we are not alone and find comfort and encouragement from God’s word and the Holy Spirit.
Father, thank You for the strength to run this race till the very end.
Further Reading: Acts 20:24 / Philippians 3:13–14;
Bible In One Year: 2 Samuel [14–17]