In a race, the finish line is clearly marked. How you end the race is clear: cross the finish line. Crossing the finish line in a season of ministry is less clear for it is a journey of faith.
Often our finish in a season of ministry will not seem victorious to others or maybe even to ourselves. In finishing a season of ministry, the thing that matters most is this: being in step with God. “What God originates, He orchestrates.”
God shapes a season of ministry to accomplish His purposes and plans. The end of that season will often appear or even feel far from a flourishing finish in the human sense. Seek to have one focus: to keep your eyes on Jesus, follow His lead, and obey and please Him. Know that as you seek to do so, the Enemy will seek to try make you feel as if you:
- Stopped short
- Didn’t cut it
When these attacks come, take comfort in the promise of Isaiah 55:8-9:
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.” “For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” (NLT)
As you finish, make the words of Paul your mark of vision in your heart and mind: I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. – 2 Timothy 4:7 (ESV)
For in each season of ministry, Father gives us a fight to fight, a race to finish, and a faith to keep.
It matters not whether others approve or understand why God’s moving you on. You live for an audience of One (Gal 1:10). No matter how short or how long the season of ministry you’re in is, may you fight the good fight, finish the race, and keep the faith.