It’s not about how you start… it’s how you finish.
Spiritual leaders look back and reflect on the goodness of God. And it’s not always a pleasant place of reflection. Paul was in prison and the executioner was down the hall.
Circumstances count for so little in the life of a spiritual leader.
We have so many who start well… or start fast… or start “big.” What is needed in the Kingdom are long-haul spiritual leaders. There is a need for those who walk a steady path of faithfulness. Leave the hype. Leave the temptation for size or notoriety. When it’s all said and done… what has been said and done in your life for Christ?
6 For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. (2 Tim. 4:6-8, NIV)