It’s not so much how well you start; it’s how well do you finish?
Finishing Strong for Jesus Christ.” And today’s sermon is entitled, “Going the Distance.” See, God wants you to go the distance for Him. And we’ve all heard that phrase, that familiar phrase, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” Everybody’s heard that. But you know what it is for so many, really? The phrase is this, the truth of that phrase: When the going gets tough, so many get lost. They quit! They say, “Aw.” They turn off the game. “Aw, we’re beat. I mean, things are too difficult. Things are too much against us. I quit.” They throw in the towel. That’s not what God wants. And maybe you’re here today and you’re down, and you’re discouraged, and you’ve had tough things come up against you, and you want to just quit. You want to say, “I’m going to get lost, too. Forget this Christianity thing. I mean, forget this walking with God. My life is so hard right now. And this isn’t helping me.” And you’re tempted to give up. The Lord has brought you here to speak to your heart, to encourage l heart, to refresh your heart, because He wants you to go the distance for Him. It’s worth it.
Hebrews chapter 12, the writer says this: Hebrews 12:1-3 King James Version (KJV)
12 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.