“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.” – 2 Timothy 4:7
If you want to run the race of life to your fullest potential, you should look at what Paul says in the New Testament. Paul had a great perspective on life. He looked at life as if it were a race. We know this because he makes the analogy multiple different times throughout Scripture.
Yesterday, we looked at what he said in Hebrews 12 when he talked about removing the weight of sin to run the race that lies before us. In 2 Timothy 4:7, he says, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.”
Did you catch that? Paul says, as he finished the race, he REMAINED FAITHFUL. Listen, your race is a marathon, not a sprint. So many people live their lives as if they are running a quick 100-meter race. But that is just not the case.
For most of us that have been blessed with many years, life is long. It might be short in comparison to eternity, but while we are here, it isn’t just some quick blink. The average life expectancy in 2022 is up to 79 years. My friend, THAT IS A LOT OF TIME.
Your race is a marathon, not a sprint. And because of that, it is important to remain faithful to God. So many people get caught up in one circumstance in their lives. They use that one thing that happened to them as a reason to bail on God or to stop trusting Him.
But God is faithful. He is working for your good and His glory. He has a plan and purpose for your life that is greater than anything you could work up for yourself. But the only way to experience His plans and purposes for your life is to remain faithful.
Are you still faithful? Do you trust and obey God even when He does or allows things in your life that you don’t like? God is faithful and He will bless you, but you must remain faithful too if you want to experience His best!