BETTER IS THE END OF A THINGSep 12, 2023 2023-09-11 23:33
BETTER IS THE END OF A THING
BETTER IS THE END OF A THING
Read: 2 Timothy 4:7-8
“The end of a thing is better than its beginning; the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit” (Ecclesiastes 7:8)
As a ministry, we have in the past two years, put out the “IN HIS PRESENCE” devotional, as a daily resource to empower people to live more fulfilling lives in their walk with God; a task made possible only by the special grace of God. We often receive messages and testimonials from our global audience, on the impact we were making and how much of a blessing our devotional was. Some days back, I received a personal message from an old schoolmate and dear brother in the Lord, applauding our work. His message read: “You are doing well…In these things, remain focused, better is the end of a thing. His grace is sufficient”.
I strongly believed that his message was inspired by God because lately, I had been feeling overwhelmed. The work of ministry can sometimes feel onerous, but God used my brother to remind me that His grace was always sufficient and that a reward awaits those who continue to the end. Ministry is a lifelong commitment. No matter how tough it gets, quitting is not an option.
I believe also that God wants someone to hear this word today. Whatever the Lord has committed into your hands, do it with all your might. Keep up with the work, do not be discouraged by the seeming slow pace of growth or the lack of reward. Whatever God is involved in is already a success. Ecclesiastes 7:8-10 says “the end of a thing is better than its beginning; the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit… Do not say, ‘why were the former days better than these? For you do not inquire wisely concerning this”. Zechariah 4:10 says “do not despise the day of small beginnings.
Keep going. God is not unjust to forget your labour of love. A crown of righteousness awaits you. And someday soon, you would declare like the Apostle did “I have fought a good fight, I finished the race”. Indeed, better is the end of a thing than its beginning.
IN HIS PRESENCE is written by Oke Chinye.
Have you asked Jesus Christ to come into your heart?
He says in Mathew 11:28, “come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” He longs to give you rest."
Would you like to do so now? Here’s a prayer you can say:
Dear Jesus, I believe that You died to save me from all my sins. Today, I invite you into my heart and I accept you as my Lord and Saviour. Please forgive all my sins and help me to live my life for You.
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