It Doesn’t Matter How You Begin – What Matters is How You End – Eliezer Gonzalez

Jul 24, 2017 5948

 

It Doesn’t Matter How You Begin; It Matters How You End

What can you say to drug addicts and ex-convicts, who think they’ve come to the end,  to give them hope? I was faced with this dilemma recently when I spoke to a couple of dozen men in a drug rehab centre in Ukraine recently.

These were men that in other circumstances I would perhaps have feared. Not only were they long-term drug addicts, but many of them had been in prison for robberies, assaults, and worse. Some had been involved in criminal gangs such as the mafia. What could someone like me say to them?

I told them that it doesn’t matter how you begin; it matters how you end. Here is the Biblical principle:

The end of a matter is better than its beginning (Ecc. 7:8).

What this is saying is that it doesn’t matter how you begin. What matters is how you end. The Bible is full of examples of how this is true. Joseph starts out being despised and sold into slavery and ends up being the ruler of Egypt.  David starts out as a shepherd boy and ends up as a heroic king. Zacchaeus starts out being a crooked tax collector and ends up being a friend of Jesus. Mary Magdalene starts off being a prostitute and ends up being the first witness of the resurrection. Paul starts of being a murderous religious zealot, and ends up being a trail-blazing apostle of Jesus.

I know how it feels to feel hopeless and completely stuck.

We all have some notion of where we’ve begun, but few of us really understand how we will end. I know how it feels to feel hopeless and completely stuck. Without hope in Christ we are all hopeless. God’s endings are always even better than his beginnings:

Although your former state was ordinary, your future will be extraordinary (Job 8:7, CEB; See also Haggai 2:9).

In the three days of the Cross, we have the lowest and highest points of existence. We have the death of the Son of God, the greatest injustice every perpetrated. We also have the defeat of death with the resurrection of our Lord. Friday afternoon gave no hint of the joy that was to come on Sunday morning. And those lows and those highs are reflected, in a way, in our lives as well.

What Christ gives us is hope that the future will be better than your past or your present. More than that, Christ gives you a rock-solid identity. He knows that the hurts you go through in life slowly rob you of who you think you are, and who you want to be. Jesus gives you an identity as his child that nothing in this world can diminish or erode, and that isn’t dependent on your feelings or your failures.

How do you make sure that you end up well? By believing and trusting in what God has promised you, taking hold of him and never letting go, and by allowing him to do what he wants to do with your life. Believe me, it will be someone wonderful!

Are you in a bad place right now? Have you been there for a while? Remember, where you begin doesn’t count, only where you end up. – Eliezer Gonzalez

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Mark J.Lavelah

Sep 20, 2018

I strongly believe in the saving power of Jesus Christ it is my you join me in my faith in Christ


Eliezer Gonzalez

Nov 27, 2017

Yes, we must certainly be obedient. Obedience and faithful living is very important to the born again Christian. However, salvation is not received through obedience. It is received through faith. Obedience always follows true faith. We do not accept what God does for us through obedience. We accept what God does for us through simply receiving. Throughout the Gospel of John "receiving" Christ is many times used synonymously with "believing" in Christ.


David Clark

Nov 24, 2017

While I do not disagree that it is God who makes us ready as the bride of Christ, It is our choices and what we do that accepts what God does for us. He will not do anything against our will, He has never taken choice from us. He has already done what is needed, His Holy Spirit will live in us and guide us and help us to live in the heart and mind of Christ. In this, it is important who we are. Are we obedient and are we overcomers, seeking the heart and mind of Jesus Christ? Do we want to live in the Love of God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit? Are we willing to adapt our selves to and live in His heart and mind?


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