Hebrews 12:1-3 says, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.


The Spirit of God through Paul writing to the Hebrews uses the analogy of a race to the Christian life. It is not a sprint but rather a marathon and it is not how you start but how you finish. Very few ribbons, medals, trophies, awards, or product endorsements are given to athletes who started well. Athletes don’t appear on Wheaties cereal boxes because of being good starters. The Holy Ghost is persuading the Hebrew believers to finish what they started and it is faith that will help you to finish well. It’s not how you start its how you finish.


During the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City the last runner to finish the marathon race was a runner from Tanzania. With only a few thousand people in the stands, everyone had finished and gone home when this man entered the stadium. He was bloodied, bruised, and had suffered a broken leg from the race. As he entered the stadium long after his event was over they gave him a standing ovation. When they asked him, why didn’t you quit, he said, “My country didn’t send me half way around the world to start the race; they sent me to finish it.” It’s not how you start its how you finish.


Abraham started out compromising, lying, and getting impatient – but he by faith finished as the father of our faith.


Sarah started out barren, laughing in unbelief at God’s promise – but she by faith ended up the mother of many nations.


Rahab started out as a prostitute – but by faith she ended up in the family tree of Jesus the Messiah.


Mary Magdalene started out full of demons – but by faith ended up as the first witness of the resurrection.


The Apostle Paul started out a violent persecutor of the church – but by faith he ended up the Apostle given the revelation of the Church as the Body of Christ, the Gospel of grace, and a master church planter.


It is not how you start – it is how you finish!

Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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