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Finish Strong - From His Heart - May 3


I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord,
 the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day.  -- 
2 Timothy 4:7-8

In AD 67, the Apostle Paul was in prison in Rome awaiting his execution.  He knew that the time of his departure from planet earth was coming… and he was so excited to meet the Lord in glory. 

You see, Paul had lived his Christian life sold out to Jesus.  He was not perfect, but he definitely was not lukewarm either.  He finished the race in full stride, still on fire for Jesus Christ.     


All too often, people face death without the humble confidence and joyful expectation that Paul had.  So many people face death with regret and shame, knowing that they wasted much of their life pursuing money and things and pleasure and stuff… and did not really seek first His kingdom and His righteousness (Matt. 6:33). 

Paul knew he would have to give an account of His life to the Lord one day.  He knew that it paid to serve Jesus… and that kept him faithful to the end, even when times were tough and he wanted to quit.


No matter where you are today in your spiritual life, “it ain’t over till it’s over.”  If you still have breath, you still have time to turn it around for Christ.  Maybe you have fallen on the track and not gotten back up… or maybe you have said the fight is too hard and have left the ring.  The Lord’s hand is outstretched to you.  He says, “I know you have blown it… but I am not through with you yet.  My grace is sufficient for you.  Take my hand… get back in the race… and finish strong.”

Will you make it your life’s ambition to finish strong so that when the time for your departure comes, you too can have confidence when you meet Jesus in glory?


Pastor Jeff Schreve,
From His Heart Ministries

Dr. Jeff Schreve believes that no matter how badly you may have messed up in life, God still loves you and has a wonderful plan just for you. From His Heart provides real truth, love and hope on over 700 radio stations each day, in 182 countries each week on TV, and is always available online.  Pastor Jeff takes no income from this ministry. All donations go to furthering the broadcast outreach. As a listener/viewer supported ministry, we thank you for joining with us to help speak the truth in love to a lost and hurting world. Go to for more information.


The Next Step book coverThe Next Step? - Series

Growth and change are part of the Christian life. Are you moving forward with the Lord or have you become complacent and stagnant? In the Christian life you either grow and glow or dry and die. What is the next step for you? Maybe it’s baptism, spending more time in the Word, strengthening your prayer life, or seeking a spiritual mentor to guide you in your growth. Discover the next step for you with this series from Pastor Jeff Schreve.

Originally published May 03, 2020.