Have you ever started off a race poorly and ended up with a gold medal or even victorious?. Better finishing basically means living a life of righteousness and holiness with a great ending. In fact, One could start off either good or bad, the end is all that matters.
Without delay, Joshua in the bible is a perfect example of a Christian who started and finished well. Joshua was a faithful, humble and obedient servant of God. He led the Israelites to the promise land. He always called on God before embarking on any plan. God rewarded him by granting him his heart desire at all times. (Joshua 10:13). Joshua seeked God at all times and God gave him the grace to finish well. Today, he is remembered as a great leader that started well and ended great.
Paul on the contrary, started rough; he murdered and persecuted the Christians during his time (Acts 8:3). When God revealed himself to Paul on his way to Damascus, he quickly asked God to use him, Paul realized his sin, repented and became a fire brand for the lord. When he was done with life, he was so happy and fulfilled. He proclaimed with joy, ” I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith”. (2 Timothy 4:7).
How to have a good finishing
Looking at these examples, it is obvious that these two great men had something in common. They served God in righteousness and holiness. Joshua and Paul had the spirit of Christ in them. They shared the gospel to their followers. These men put God first and God blessed them. For example, God gave Paul a new name, a new life and the holy spirit. God gave Joshua victory over his enemies and used him to fulfil his covenant with the Israelites. In order to achieve a great finishing, it is better to honor God by spreading the gospel, loving one another, keeping Gods commandments while serving Him in truth and in spirit.
Also, finishing great is a sign of obedience to God, those who have a better finishing will not only be accepted into heaven but receive their reward in heaven.” Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the LORD has promised to those who love him”. (James 1:12).
Are you living a life that doesn’t glorify God?
I want to let you know that God doesn’t look at the past, he concentrates on the future. Paul was a murderer but God used him to preach the gospel. All you have to do is confess your sins, repent from it and accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Saviour. Seek God (Matthew 6:33) and he will give you grace to run the race. (1 Corinthians 15:12).
In short, this life is a race. We believers are not of this world; we are in transit (1 John 2:15). The time is very short. If the lord calls you back right now, how would your end look? If the rapture takes place, will you make heaven? So therefore, the burning desire of every true believer should be to finish well and make heaven at last.