A man was trying hypnosis to help him quit smoking. His friend asked whether he thought it would work. “Sure,” he said, “it worked the last time I tried it!”
Have you ever noticed how easy it is to begin something, but how often finishing it is an uphill battle? Each one of us can think of something we started well, but that we ended poorly like a diet or exercise program, quitting a bad habit, starting a new career path, or Beginning a new relationship. These are all easy and exciting to begin, but maintaining the discipline necessary to continue is a whole other ball game.
The same is true of becoming a Christian. Many people enter Christianity initially on fire for Christ. There’s an excitement and resolve. But being a Christian every day has never, in the history of man, been an easy feat. Hanging in there as a Christian in a world that is hostile toward God and is continually dangling everything it has to offer in opposition to God, makes remaining Christian incredibly difficult.
So, in light of this, how do you finish well for God? Simply speaking, through faith. Being Christian is simple but never easy. It takes extensive cooperation with God and a serious determination to stay the course. However, like a muscle that is stretched–it is all meant to develop great strength in you. Although being Christian can be hard, remember and have faith in God’s encouragement, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” (Psalm 32:8)