I have fought the good fight,
I have finished the race.
—2 Timothy 4:7
He resolved to be a daily Bible reader last year. Leviticus was a challenge, and by the time he reached the fourth chapter of Numbers, neither his eyes nor his mind would focus. He quit reading.
She resolved to lose weight last year. That goal bit the dust at Dunkin’ Donuts. She quit dieting.
Did Jesus ever want to quit? Yes. Disappointed in his disciples, he asked, “How long shall I put up with you?” (Mt 17:17). Anticipating the Cross, he prayed, “If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me” (Mt 26:39).
Did Jesus ever quit? No. With his dying breath, he said, “It is finished” (Jn 19:30). His sacrifice for our salvation was completed.
Whatever you’re called to do and resolve to do, finish. Don’t quit too soon.
It’s easy to start. Hard to finish.
But starting without finishing is futile.