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“Don’t Start What You Can’t Finish”


From the time I began to play baseball and soccer as a child until the time I played football and tennis in high school; I heard a reoccurring command from my parents, “don’t start what you can’t finish.”  This of course was to keep me from starting a sport and trying to quit in the middle of a season.  The older I get the more I appreciate having this life principle instilled in me.  What started out as a principle to apply to sports and generally not being a quitter, I now see as an everyday application to our Christian lives.

In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 we are reminded, “…you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”  As Christians, reflect on this instruction from God.  I encourage you to say to yourself, “don’t start what you can’t finish!”  As children of God who have been washed clean of our sins (Ephesians 2:1-10) we must remember that we are called to “walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called” (Eph. 4:1).  In other words we better not start introducing sins into our lives we know we cannot continue doing without falling out of favor with God.

I fear fellow Christians that we often try to see how close we can get to the fire without getting burned.  1 Cor. 10:12-13 reminds us “let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.”  God tells us to not even introduce sin into our lives, He tells us to flee from sin and draw near to Him (James 4:8).  So why do we so often think we can dabble in sin or just be around it and not sin?  We should consider how weak our fleshly desires are and remember what our eternal goal is.  If your eternal goal is to stand in the glory of Almighty God why start what you can’t finish?

The next time you are in a struggle between your faith and the temptations of this world I encourage you to consider 2 Cor. 5:15, “and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.”  Not a single one of us will ever be perfect in our fight against temptation and sin.  However, as we strive to walk in the light of God, let us remember our savior Jesus and everything that He sacrificed so that we could be forgiven of our sins.  Brothers and sisters in Christ if we want to have a home in heaven we better not start a sin we know we cannot finish!

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