Wednesday 29th December 2021
Title: Finishing Well
By: Richard YW Yeoh

2 Timothy 4:7 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (ESV)

As the year draws to a close, we may be reflecting on how yet another year has whizzed passed us. As one ages, time seems to pass faster. Time is something none of us will ever have enough of and yet we often live like our supply of time on earth will never end. Yet, the beginning of wise living is to realize that our time is limited and we need to focus on finishing well.

The writings of the Apostle Paul is replete with exhortations to Christians on the importance of finishing well. As with all human endeavours, and as best illustrated in a race, every stage of life is important but finishing well is the grand prize.

How do Christians, once saved by the grace and mercy of our Lord and Saviour, ensure that we grow and mature, run the race that God has predestined for us, and eventually finish the race as “good and faithful servants”?

Broadly, we must first stay people-focused. Our main mission is not career, riches, accomplishments, etc.(granted these may be important) but how we relate to other people, how we touch lives, and what a difference we make in the lives of others. Next, we must stay mission-focused – to remember our main focus is to win souls for Christ. Thirdly, we must stay eternity-focused, to evaluate our lives in the light of our key life goals of serving God on earth, thereby to glorify Him and to enjoy being in His presence throughout eternity.

What daily commitments will ensure we stay the course and eventually reach our goal to finish well?

Firstly, we need daily personal communion with God. We need to enrich and deepen our personal relationship with our living God to get our bearings right and stay the course.
Secondly, we need our daily nourishment of the gospel so that His Word comes alive in us daily.
Thirdly, to live daily as living sacrifices to the Lord that we may not stray from His Will for our lives.
And fourthly, to reaffirm the sovereignty and love of God in our lives daily that we may face life’s challenges in submission to His Will and Grace in our lives, whatever the circumstances may be.

Indeed only by grace do we enter into a personal relationship with our Lord, and only in submission and yielding to Him will we find the faith and joy that enable us to finish well.

Prayer: “O Father, may we humbly pray that we finish the year well, that we may start the New Year of 2022 well, and we may continue to run the race as good and faithful servants until we are delivered into Thy Holy Presence. We pray in the mighty name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen”

班底浸信教会
每日灵粮
星期三, 2021年12月29日
标题:美好的终结
作者:楊勇偉弟兄
翻译:薛秀合姐妹

提摩太后书4:7 “那美好的仗我已经打过了,当跑的路我已经跑尽了,所信的道我已经守住了。” (和合本)

随着这一年接近尾声,我们可能会反思又一年是如何悄然过去的。随着年龄的增长,时间似乎过得更快。时间是我们都无法拥有足够的东西,但我们经常活得像在世上的时间供应永远都不会结束似的。然而,智慧生活的开始是意识到我们的时间是有限的,我们也需要专注于拥有美好的终结。

使徒保罗所写的书信充满了对基督徒的劝勉,告诉他们有美好的终结的重要性。与人类所有的努力一样,最好的例子就是一场赛跑,人生的每个阶段都很重要,但能有美好的终结才是大奖。

基督徒一旦蒙我们的主和救主的恩典与怜悯所拯救,如何确保我们成长和成熟,奔跑上帝为我们预定的赛程,并且最终以 “良善又忠心的仆人” 的身份跑完赛程呢?

广而言之,首先我们必须保持以人为本。我们的主要使命不是事业、财富、成就等(当然这些也许很重要),而是我们如何与他人相处,我们如何接触生活,以及我们对他人的生命产生多大的影响。接着,我们必须以使命为中心 — 记住我们的主要焦点是为基督赢取灵魂。第三,我们必须以永恒为中心,根据我们在世事奉上帝的主要人生目标来评估我们的生活,从而荣耀祂并享受永远与祂同在。

哪些日常的义务将确保我们能坚持到底,并最终达到我们能有美好的终结的目标呢?

首先,我们个人需要每天与上帝交通。我们需要丰富和深化个人与永生上帝的关系,以正确定位并坚持到底。
其次,我们需要每天得到福音的滋养,使祂的话语每天都活在我们里面。
第三,每天都作活祭献给主,以免偏离祂对我们生命的旨意。
第四,每天重申上帝在我们生命中的主权和爱,无论环境如何,我们可以透过顺服祂在我们生命中的旨意和恩典来面对生活中的挑战。

的确,只有靠着恩典,才能与我们的主建立个人关系;也只有顺从和降服于祂,我们才能找到使我们能够拥有美好的终结的信心和喜乐。

祷告:“天父啊,愿我们谦卑地祈祷,使我们能顺利地结束这一年,好让我们在 2022 的新一年能有美好的开始,叫我们可以继续以良善又忠心的仆人的身份奔跑,直到我们被交付到祢圣洁的同在里。我们奉我们的主和救主耶稣基督大能的名祷告。阿们。”