Once a task that you’ve begun, never leave it till it’s done.
Whether it be great or small, do it well or not at all.
That is something we should apply to life, especially our spiritual life.
Receiving Christ as our Saviour through confession of sin and faith in His death and resurrection as atonement for our
sins is just a beginning. Unfortunately, many professing Christians are content with just making a “decision” and going
about life in the same ole’ defeating sinful way. That’s not what I understand the Word of God to say is to be done.
Galatians 5:25 says, “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” In other words if you profess to be a Christian,
act like the Bible says a Christian should. In verses 18-24 of Galatian 5 we are told about the works of the flesh and the
fruit of the Spirit. The fruit is what a Christian should want.
Not living as the Bible directs us is the greatest deterrent to our Christian witness. (Please read that again.) Do you get
it? What would the world look like if every Christian lived out the fruit of the Spirit with no evidence of the works of the
flesh? Well, friend, that’s our challenge. And remember the Spirit is there to help us if we ask. We can live spiritually
Over these 55 years of my bowhunting experience I have had the privilege to hunt in ten (10) different States and
Canadian Provinces, harvesting seven (7) different species of big game. It has been a great journey. From the dozens of
animals I have taken, one thing stands out to me. Releasing the arrow was the easy part. The waiting, the tracking and at
times backing off and waiting till morning can eat up the joy of the former moment. As bow hunters we love the sight of
a downed animal. It means that “the part time hunter” won instead of the “full time game” animal. However, when the
celebration ends and reality settles in, we find ourselves facing the task of “messy chores.” Who likes that? But doing it
right is part of the job. The carrying, cooling and cutting up of meat is work. If you’re in doubt try taking care of a
Caribou, Elk, or Moose sometime. When it’s all over we realize the importance of each part of the hunt. The great meals
we enjoy would not happen without all the rest.
When thinking about life and my spiritual journey, I have to say it this way “It’s not over until it’s over.” Even in our
senior years temptations and challenges are present. Satan, our enemy, works relentlessly to discourage and subdue us.
So remember, life is a journey that starts in the womb and ends in the eternal state. Life is a composite of experiences
and decisions. Your choices are the determiners of how it all ends. If you choose the works of the flesh it will lessen the
probability of finishing well. If you choose to live by the fruit and guidance of the Spirit, it will greatly enhance your
journey. You will be able to add to your faith in the way II Peter 1:4-8 admonishes you to live and finish well.
As you look back upon your life can you say, “I have no regrets?” I’m grateful I can say that. I’ve had disappointments
and detours, yes, but no regrets. Regardless of what your life’s journey has been like keep in mind that it is how one
ends that counts the most.
Being part of the Bride of Christ and enjoying the marriage supper with Christ in heaven, depends on our finishing well.
(Rev.19:7-9) I like what Paul says in II Timothy 4:7-8, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept
the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord the righteous judge shall give me at
that day, and not to me only, but unto all them that love His appearing.”
Let’s all purpose to also finish well.
By Rev. David Roose-Founder of CBA