Mission, Spiritual Digest — September 15, 2020 at 10:26 am

How to Finish Strong

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However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus Christ has given me – the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. Acts 20:24

Witnessing is different today than 50 years ago. Obviously we have the same gospel of Jesus Christ. That hasn’t changed. That never does. But the culture most definitely has.
Witnessing is different today than 50 years ago. Obviously we have the same gospel of Jesus Christ. That hasn’t changed. That never does. But the culture most definitely has. Where are you fishing for your Lord? (Image by StockSnap)

When Paul encountered Jesus Christ on the road to Damascus, his life, passion, vocation, and ambition changed completely. This generally is the experience of everyone who has had an encounter with the Lord, dramatic or salient. Jesus declared that if anyone will follow Him, he must deny himself, take up his cross and follow him (Luke 9:23).

Paul responded: “I consider everything a loss …” (Phi 3:8) “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, … (Gal. 2:20). Next Jesus said: Come, follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” Matt. 4:19. Paul understood this to be a lifelong marathon. “I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest … I myself should be disqualified.” (1Cor. 9:27). A follower of Jesus Christ is equipped to be a fisher of men.

Paul fished mainly in foreign ‘waters‘ where the Lord sent him. Persecution, lack of support, health, etc. could not stop him. He even refused to marry to be more effective in his ministry. His goal was to finish his race strong and complete the assignment God gave him.

We too have been sent to fish in our “Jerusalems, Judeas, Samarias and to the ends of the earth.” The platforms God has given us include fishing in government offices, schools, private companies, church, military, or police, etc. Where are you fishing for your Lord?

Author

  • Rev. Sunday Bwanhot

    Rev. Sunday Bwanhot is a missionary to America serving with SIM/ECWA. He is an Economist by profession and has worked as a Statistician with Kaduna State Government. He later pioneered and managed the Challenge Press of ECWA in Jos before God’s call to pioneer the Prayer Ministry of ECWA in Jos, Nigeria. In 1993, God called him to Chicago as a missionary and has been serving there since 1995 to date. Currently, he pastors ECWA Chicago which he planted and serves as the Chairman of the ECWA USA District Church Council. Loves being a grandpa of 8 grandchildren and enjoys writing.

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