“I have fought a good fight; I have finished my course….” (2 Timothy 4:7)
The test of a first-rate work is that you finish it. The Brooklyn Bridge, which links Brooklyn to Manhattan Island, is one of the most famous bridges in the world. At the time it was first conceived in 1883, however, bridge-building experts throughout the world told the designer, a creative engineer by the name of John Roebling, that his idea wouldn’t work.
Roebling convinced his son Washington, who was also an engineer, that his idea had merit. The two of them developed the concept, resolved the problems others had forecast, and enthusiastically hired a crew to build their bridge.
After only a few months of building, a tragic on-site accident took John’s life and severely injured Washington, who became unable to walk or talk. Everyone thought the project would have to be abandoned, since the Roeblings were the only ones who knew the dynamics of building the bridge.
Washington, however, could still think, and he had a burning desire to see the bridge finished. As he lay in his hospital bed, he had an idea. He would communicate with the engineers by using one finger to tap out code on his wife’s arm and instruct his associates as to what to do next.
Washington tapped out his instructions for 13 years until the bridge was completed! A job worth doing is a job worth finishing. In our Christian life, this truth has ultimate value. Many start their life with Christ so well and finish so poorly.
God is looking for finishers; people who will walk with Jesus all the way to the grave. I would like to offer a personal challenge to everyone reading this article. If you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, my challenge would be this: Finish!