It is clear from his last surviving epistle that finishing well was important to Paul.
He strategically lived his life so that he didn’t trip and fall just before crossing the finish line.
On Monday, I listed the first 4 of 7 necessary characteristics Ken Boa believes allow the follower of Jesus to finish well.
They are intimacy with Christ, fidelity in the spiritual disciplines, a Biblical perspective, and a teachable spirit.
The fifth characteristic Boa gives in his book Conformed to His Image, is a clear sense of personal purpose and calling.
We need to have clarity on what God wants us to accomplish during our short time in this world. We achieve that clarity by examining the way that God has gifted us, seeking His will and direction in prayer, and receiving confirmation from other members of the Body of Christ.
Eph. 2:10 reminds us that we each have specific works we are created to perform.
The sixth characteristic is healthy relationships with resourceful people.
Paul always surrounded himself with other men to help him accomplish the work God had laid out for him. Paul was not a loner…this letter to Timothy gives insight into the importance Paul placed on fellowship and interpersonal relationship.
Paul knew that he needed the help of others to finish his life well.
The final characteristic is ongoing ministry investment in the lives of others.
This is more than writing checks to Christian missionaries or ministries here at the end of the year.
It is making an investment of personal time and energy into the lives of those God has called you to serve.
It no doubt will include your patients…but it might also involve those outside your practice.
God might call you to serve in a ministry to the poor, to the homeless, to those in developing countries, or those in your backyard.
Regardless…you can be confident that God has called you to serve someone.
Our walk with Jesus is not a short sprint…it is a long journey.
As we finish out this calendar year, continue to develop these 7 characteristics so that you will finish well.
Prayer: Lord lead me toward the works, people and ministry You desire for me.