Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory. (John 17:24)

Eddie and Blake were stretching before their office’s annual charity race, for which their company raised money for the local food shelf. This would be Eddie’s first race after a bout with cancer prevented him from taking part two years in a row. Blake knew that Eddie had spent several months preparing for the big day. He did his best to encourage his coworker, saying, “It will be worth it all once you get close enough to see the finish line. You’ll get a second wind about then.” Blake was himself encouraged when Eddie replied, “I’m going to do even better. I’m going to picture the finish line when I take my first step.” Blake realized that Eddie had prepared as much on the inside as on the outside.

Jesus gave His followers an incredible “finish line” motivation. Reflecting the heart of the Father and in a prayer the Father is certain to answer, Jesus asked that each of us would spend eternity with Him and see His eternal glory. The length, the challenges, and the injuries of this race will be worth it all—and totally forgotten—when we enter His presence at the conclusion of our earthly lives.

Wherever you are in the race, keep your focus on Jesus, on the blessings He has for you today, and on the fellowship you will enjoy with Him forever.

Focus on the finish line from the start of the race!

Paul Zinter has served as a pastor and editor. He enjoys writing, bread making, and teaching at his local church.