There are approximately 100 biographies in the Bible, and of those, only 30-35% of the people finished well. Why does it happen? To answer that question, we need to understand what it means to not finish well. The 15 characteristics below explain why people don't finish well. If any one or a combination of the following traits describes your life - you are a candidate for not finishing well. I encourage you to press in to God that you might finish stronger and more passionate for Jesus than when you began your journey with him. Remember Caleb at the end of his life? He finished well!
"Remember what God said to Moses the man of God concerning you and me back at Kadesh Barnea? I was forty years old when Moses the servant of God sent me from Kadesh Barnea to spy out the land. And I brought back an honest and encouraging report. My companions who went with me discouraged the people, but I stuck to my guns, totally with God, my God. That was the day that Moses solemnly promised, 'The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance, you and your children's, forever. Yes, you have lived totally for God .' Now look at me: God has kept me alive, as he promised. It is now forty-five years since God spoke this word to Moses, years in which Israel wandered in the wilderness. Here I am today, eighty-five years old! I'm as strong as I was the day Moses sent me out. I'm as strong as ever in battle, whether coming or going. So give me this hill country that God promised me. You yourself heard the report, that the Anakim were there with their great fortress cities. If God goes with me, I will drive them out, just as God said." Joshua 14 - The Message
Fifteen Characteristics of People Who Don't Finish Well
- You have lost your spiritual passion for the things of God
- You are backslidden and away from God
- You are resentful toward those who hurt or betrayed you
- You are not learning and growing spiritually
- You are not discipling others and are not being discipled
- You no longer share your faith with pre-Chrisitans
- You are cynical and critical about church and spiritual leaders
- You have plateaued spiritually – no longer growing
- You are isolated and unaccountable in your walk with God
- You have hidden sins and habits that grip your life
- It has been years since you led someone to faith in Christ
- You are not praying for the nations and the lost fervently
- You are considering an affair with another person and/or would accept divorce as an easy "out"
- Loss of stomach to fight spiritual battles
- No faith for the impossible!