Strong to the End

Oct. 25, 2020

Scripture Readings

This week my family and I journeyed with one of Foothills’ finest members to her end. She was strong to the end of her battle with cancer, continually focusing on Christ and others. An amazing example of Jesus to her work colleagues and her church family alike. She can echo the words of the Apostle Paul who said: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.”

It causes all of us to reflect on how we can be strong to the end, faithfully finishing the race of life that God prepared in advance for us. The psalmist gives us the clear answer as to how we can do this. In the reading from Psalm 119 we are given several verses that all remind us that a strong finish is the result of perpetually immersing ourselves in the Word of God. Not simply reading it in a mechanistic or dutiful way. Rather, we fall in love with the Book. We do not read Scripture because we are in some accountability group or we got evangelically guilted into it. We reflect on the sweetness of God’s inspired words and continually allow the Holy Spirit to shape our lives according to the wisdom given from God’s instruction.

Even the prophet Jeremiah is an example of this. As we consider his last message, he remained strong to the end through an uncompromising declaration of the word of God to others. And what was his message? A consistent and clarion call for God’s people to live according to God’s word.

Be wary, the Apostle Paul tells us, of people who will twist Scripture to their own ends. Thus, all of us need to be - as our Foothills’ value says - “People of the Book." And, could I add, that the more we are people of the Book, the more we should be like Jesus!

If you are reading this, you are practicing this “People of the Book” value! Keep it up and you will be strong to the end and you can emulate the words of Paul and say, “the Lord will deliver me from every evil attack and will bring me safely into his heavenly Kingdom. All glory to God forever and ever! Amen.”

 

 

Clint Mix

Beloved former Foothills Pastor (who pastor Ian is still trying to forgive for leaving) who serves our Alliance District and enjoys the journey with Carolina