What are the earmarks of those who finish the Christian life faithfully?
By: Chuck Colson|Published: July 20, 2009 5:57 PM
This morning in the sermon, the pastor mentioned "finishing well" and I wanted to take advantage of a unique opportunity to ask someone who knows a lot of high profile Christians, some of whom finished well and some who have not. What do you believe are the earmarks of those who avoid the pitfalls and finish the Christian life faithfully? Crystal Chapman
From Chuck Colson:
Your question is excellent. A lot of Christians do not finish well. Personally, I think the reason is that they do not get themselves out of the way.
At my age, my favorite verse of scripture is Acts 20:24. “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace” (NIV).
Sanctification is the process by which you learn to put God first in your life and everything else second. Family comes next, then calling. You would be at the bottom of the list.
I think you will finish well if you finish looking for the good of the kingdom and for Christ’s gospel and worry not about yourself. This isn’t an invitation to be reckless. Of course you have to take care of your family and be concerned with your responsibilities on earth. But keep your eyes fixed on heaven.
A great friend of mine, who is finishing well and is now ill, told me that when he started life he figured he had one thing to do, and that was to point towards heaven and live his life accordingly. He has done that, and produced one of the largest and most successful families I’ve ever seen. And all of the kids and grandkids have been taught to keep focusing on heaven all their life. So the closer you’re going to get to it the more you’re going to want it. Not a bad bit of advice.