2 Timothy 4:7-8
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.
Webster defines “finished” as used in this context as noted below:
- having reached the end of an activity a relationship, assignment, etc.
- not requiring more work
- entirely done or completed
You have often heard the phrase; “it is not how someone starts but how they finish.”
This year‘s senior class theme has simply been “FINISH”. To our seniors the term references the completion of 12-14 years of learning in an environment called school. Thus, they contain the excitement when they walk across the stage and receive their diploma. They are finished, complete, concluded, done, ended, over, over with, through, etc. Only to be ready to begin again as they soon move on to their next destination in their life’s journey.
The word finished also has strong implication in Scripture. Listen to the emphasis of the word in the following references:
Colossians 4:17 …and tell Archipus, “See that you complete or (finish) the ministry* that you received in the Lord.”
Acts 12:25 When Barnabas and Saul had finished their mission, they returned from Jerusalem, taking with them John, also called Mark.
John 17:4 I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.
John 19:30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit
2 Corinthians 8:11 Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it.
Galatians 3:3 Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?
James 1:4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything
Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.
Thank you to the class of 2017 for living out your class theme and finishing the task. As you now begin the next phase of your journey may you go forward and continue to realize all that God has for you and finish well.David Manley President