TIP: It's not enough to have a good start

A good story becomes good to most of us especially if it ends like "They lived happily ever after."

But some good stories end up to be tragic and put disappointment to fanatic hearts. It is also the same in your walk of faith.Some celebrities who started their walk in faith ended to a "walk in fail" because they've lost track of their direction. Whitney Houston,Elvis Presley, Brad Pitt,Katy Perry - They were early starters in the faith but have left it because of the issues of this world had led them astray.

This is no longer new for during the ancient times, people had vowed to obey God and failed to consistently to it. Let's get to know some of the good starters.

1. King Solomon

Solomon had been famous for his wisdom, riches and fame.He started well by seeking to follow the footsteps of his father, David who was tagged as "the man after God's own heart". He was even chosen by God to build Him a temple.

"In the four hundred and eightieth year after the Israelites came out of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv, the second month, he began to build the temple of the Lord.The temple that King Solomon built for the Lord was sixty cubits long, twenty wide and thirty high." (1 Kings 6:1-2) 

But the struggle came when he compromised with the world and became lured by power, love, and wealth to walk astray from God. This brought God to end his reign and put his kingdom into division. This proves that wisdom without discerning the will of the Lord can make good beginnings become wrecked endings.

2. King Jehoshaphat

Being a successor to King Asa, his father,Jehoshaphat had managed to follow His father's path to obeying the will of the Lord but there was one thing he had done wrong. He made allies with Ahab, king of Israel, who drove Israel to idolatry through his wife,Jezebel.Jehoshaphat only desired to gain peace during his reign so he decided to fight alongside Ahab.

"So he asked Jehoshaphat, “Will you go with me to fight against Ramoth Gilead?”
Jehoshaphat replied to the king of Israel, “I am as you are, my people as your people, my horses as your horses.” But Jehoshaphat also said to the king of Israel, “First seek the counsel of the Lord.”(1 Kings 22:4-5) 

He still had sought the will of before getting into war not realizing that He should have consulted Him first before involving himself with someone whose reputation before God is displeasing. He also made an unwise decision of establishing economic and military allies with King Ahaziah, son of King Ahab. It led him to suffer destruction not of human hands but of God's.

"Eliezer son of Dodavahu of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying, “Because you have made an alliance with Ahaziah, the Lord will destroy what you have made.” The ships were wrecked and were not able to set sail to trade." (2 Chron.20:37). This only shows us that our good start can be ruined by letting bad company join our journey.

3. Judas Iscariot

Judas had started well as he was chosen to be one of the 12 disciples. But he allowed the enemy to have a hold over him by his greed and love for money.

"But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it."(John 12:4)

With such things in mind and heart, even if he was chosen by Jesus, the enemy had easily taken on him for there was a foothold that welcomed him in. The selfish desires of man and his love for the treasures of this world will lead him to depart from his good start.

Starting well is a good thing. But keeping up to it is another. Finishing it up to accomplish the work God has tasked you to do is what really matters for in this people can see the true fruit of the good thing God has begun in our lives.

So now, which would you choose - starting well or finishing well?

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