If you don’t start well you usually can’t finish well. In most cases.
I’m sure you are wondering what this picture is about. I’d love to tell you about a friend of mine in the event business that did an amazing job, somewhat sarcastically, about how to properly coil an extension cord on a reel. It was brilliant.
If you don’t wind these right from the git-go, it doesn’t go well when you actually want to use it and that that’s the point of the whole matter. Do it right from the start, don’t be lazy, do a good job.
The Christian faith is sorta, kinda like that but not really. As a Christian, I make a lot of mistakes. We actually call this sin. I sin. If my faith was dependent upon me there would be massive failures and I really wouldn’t finish well because I never started well.
But following Christ is not about how good you are, it’s about how good He is. Faith is putting trust in Christ, not in our abilities. Now that doesn’t mean you get to do whatever you want, but it means that when you walk by faith and you trust Christ you desire to please Christ.
So while my sins are great and plentiful, they are less than they once were. As I walk the path of holiness, striving and desiring to be like the Lord, He gives me small victories along the way. Sometimes He lets me feel the evil that still resides in my heart. It’s never a dull moment.
If you are feeling weighed down by guilt or shame, give it all to Christ. He is eager to take it for you. And then finish well.
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14