The End Result of Living

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. Even in laughter the heart may ache, and the end of joy may be grief. The backslider in heart will be filled with the fruit of his ways, and a good man will be filled with the fruit of his ways” (Proverbs 14:12-14).

This passage provides us with marvelous insight on how to live our life: focus on the end result. He says “the end is the way of death.” Many people embark on some new venture with great promise and hope. But then one of two things occurs; either they didn’t count the cost, or they didn’t properly evaluate the cost of success. We should all take a step back and ask ourselves: “What if I succeed in my present course?” “What will happen or what will the end of my life bring?” We may succeed in walking away from God, but how will that end? We should look at the final results of our actions. What will they bring?

Here are three ways to achieve “end result” living:

1. Examine your present course.
If you’ve ever entered one of those mazes at a carnival, you soon found out it’s not hard to get lost. You keep pursuing a way out, but often come up short. However, if you had a bird’s eye view it would be easy. You could spot the finish line and then map out your path to the end.

God has given us the finish line: Love God and others. We need to examine our present life to see if we’ve veered off course.

2. Make some mid-course corrections.
Self-examination won’t lead to success if we fail to make necessary course corrections. The quarterback who overthrows the ball needs to make a quick adjustment. When we have drifted spiritually, we need to change course. We can do this best by:

  • Avoiding procrastination
    When you catch yourself veering off spiritually, make some quick changes to get you back on track.
  • Keep focused on the finish line
    We get off course by taking our eyes off Jesus. We get back on course by fixing our eyes on Him (Hebrews 12:2).

3. Establish greater spiritual priorities.
Since we owe God our greatest allegiance, we can only fulfill His will by placing Him first. We remember the pain of getting off course, so now we must take measures never to go there again. To succeed, we must establish new patterns of living and new habits of life. We need to place God first in everything we do. 

Let’s finish the race by looking to Jesus and beholding the finish line. When runners first see the finish line, they sprint ahead, knowing the end is near. Life is short, and only what’s done for Christ will last.

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