“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.”
Memory Verse: “The end of a thing is better than its beginning .Ecclesiastes 7:8.
One of the famous soccer sport leagues in the world is the British Premier League and just imagine following it consistently without fully supporting any team. You possibly will be lost in all rules and technicalities involved. You are most likely to find it difficult to understand how things work in that world but from my little understanding there are a few things that happen as I am a Chelsea supporter myself.
There are qualifying teams who make it and remain in the league yearly purely based on their performance during the season and points acquired. These teams continue to play against each other whiles accumulating points to remain in the league but some just don’t remain in the league. Every team competes and wants a top four finish so as to qualify to play in a bigger competition – The European Champions League. The bottom three teams yearly based on points are relegated to the Championship.
Every year two championship teams are promoted into the premier league from as a reward for finishing top of their league while three teams are relegated from the top league to the lower league. Interestingly, a few numbers of teams have never been relegated from the premier league since it was established. The sacrifices put into remaining in the premier league is immense. This includes buying the best players, employing the best coaches, engaging players in training 5-6 days every week whiles maintaining a good diet to remain fit for training.
The Christian journey can be likened to the world of the English Premier league. Some people are not in any team all whiles they journey through life, individuals like that are not in any team and therefore have no expectations of playing or wining trophies. Some are fortunate to be in the league and have been privileged to know and accept Jesus but they don’t strive to remain in the league or be at the top so they can qualify to be involved in a bigger league.
Accepting Jesus is just the beginning but fighting a good fight to make sure we finish well is more important than starting as the word of God tells us in Luke 9:62, “But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God”.
- Thank you, Jesus, for the completion of another wonderful month
- Thank you for your faithfulness
- Father, help me to love you more, follow you closely and make it till the end
- Forgive my sins Lord and give me a new song.
- Thank you Lord, in Jesus name I pray, Amen