GRIT AND DETERMINATION
The Apostle Paul knew his finish was good before he died. He even wrote that he “fought the good fight, finished the course and kept the faith.”
Not everyone can say they know how they are going to finish. Do you know why?
It’s because not everyone is intentional about finding their destiny in Christ. Churches are full of good people who have no idea how to map out a strategy to fulfill their life’s purpose. Heck, most of us don’t know what our purpose is!
Let me tell you this: Your purpose is not your job or your paycheck. Your purpose is not your family or your comfortable home. Your purpose is not to teach Sunday School or show up in church every Sunday with a smile. Those things are the tools you use to reach your purpose.
So what’s your purpose? To snatch, drag, tackle or lead lost people out of darkness and into light! People are dying out there, and many of us are more concerned about our tools. We need to get our eyes on the prize and be intentional.
Thirteen years before his big finish, Paul put it this way:
I am serious about finish well in my Christian ministry. I discipline myself for fear that after challenging others uno the Christian life, I myself might become a casualty.” – 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 PTV (Pastor Troy Version)
Paul was like, “Look. I’m not going to be a world changer then collapse at the end of this thing.”
Paul actually disciplined himself toward his big finish. He predestined it through his dogged determination to follow Jesus no matter what!
Paul wasn’t just living life forward to get to heaven. He was fighting to bring heaven to earth for generations of people, Jew and Gentile. That’s you and me! The least we can do, heck the best that we can do, is follow his example!
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. – 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
Determine to fulfill your destiny by bringing people into the family of God. Make a plan of action, follow it through and to God be the glory!
From my book Living Life Forward
TODAY’S PROPHETIC THOUGHT
I call you a warrior. Fight for the heart of your King. You are already bringing Me glory. Battle on and take new territory. Don’t be afraid. I Am backing you up.