Spirit & Life Devotional
Friday, July 25
Chinaemerem Joshua Ibezim
2 Timothy 4:7 NLT "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful."
FIGHTING TO FULFIL YOUR PURPOSE
Germany beat Argentina to win the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Before the final, Germany played six other games; they won five and drew one with Ghana. I really enjoyed that particular game. Every of those games was a fight! The Germans were fortunate not to lose any. Their purpose, like other countries, was to win, and they fought with skill, passion and determination to the end.
I sincerely didn't realise for a long time that we had to fight to fulfil our purposes. I expected a much easier race; but there will be contenders, challenges, setbacks, disappointments and even failures, as well as the victories. There are times you'd feel like giving up, but you must fight until the end! You've got to finish whatever God has called you to do! Every experience is to make you better, stronger and wiser.
The Brazilian team conceded seven goals in their own country in a single game! They must have felt like walking away or even disappearing, but they had to play to the end. That's what Paul meant by remaining faithful to the end. Don't quit because you're not getting the kind of results you desire; don't quit because you feel like a failure (you're not a failure!); don't quit if a plan isn't working; neither should you quit because of rejection. Don’t commit "suicide" and don’t abort your dreams! Stay focused, see the future! Faithfully fight the good fight until you finish the race.