The gospel ministry is not sprint. It is a lifelong calling. And yet, we’re told that only one in ten pastors will finish as a pastor. This statistic seems validated from the pages of Scripture where we find that many spiritual leaders in the Bible didn’t finish well either.

And yet, many did finish well—including the Apostle Paul. I am always motivated by his statement in Acts 20:24: “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.”

I am thankful for the journey of faith God has had led me on to this point—only by His grace. But I want to press on and finish well. And I want to reach the finish line with joy.

In this Growth Points video, I share a few thoughts from Scripture on how to finish your course with joy in your heart.

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