When I’m reading a good book, I’m excited to get to the end. Of course I could just flip to the back and read it, but that won’t do anything to help me understand the conclusion of the book. I’d never know how both the beginning and middle fit with the end. I won’t get the rewarding satisfaction of knowing the whole book, and not just parts.
Don’t Spoil the Ending
I’ve been in discussions about a movie when someone said, “Don’t spoil the ending,” for the person who hadn’t seen it yet. Sure the individual was hanging on to every description and character briefing, but don’t spoil the ending.
It’s funny how we like to be surprised about the ending, yet want to have clues about it at the same time.
1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
This makes me think of the Word of God. The bible gives us enough information about New Jerusalem (Heaven) to motivate us to want to be saved and live right to make it there, yet does not tell us everything we will behold and experience. If you want to see all Jesus Christ has prepared for us, you have to endure until the end and make it there for yourself.
We also have beautiful descriptions of New Jerusalem to know it will be glorious and beautiful, adorned like a bride to the praises of God.
Revelation 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
The Bible also tells us we will be changed, but we don’t know what we will be with a few exceptions; we’ll be like Jesus and see Him as He is, which encompasses being immortal, incorruptible, glorious, and the like.
1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
The End of a Thing
The end of a thing is better than the beginning. It gives you the conclusion of the matter. In life, we’re overjoyed and anxious to start kindergarten. When we’re enduring the trials of our formative school years, we anticipate the end — looking to graduation day. The end. Goodbye public school, private school, home school, charter school. On to college, trade school or work, where we endure, yet again, to confront an expected end. Certificate, degree, retirement. You get the picture.
When our test, trials and tribulations start, we know we’re being perfected or refined. We endure, and let patience have her perfect work. We know we’ll be better for it in the end, and God is working it out for our good.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Endure Until the End
Enduring until the end involves patience, self-control and faith. As we step into this New Year, I encourage you to number your days with joy, looking to the Author and Finisher of our faith to bring about an expected end — the salvation of our souls.
Matthew 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.