Every great Christian business leader I’ve ever worked with, coached, advised, or observed has a burning desire to finish well. Their passion is not to accumulate great wealth (although many are more than comfortable) or become a recognized name (although many are indeed well known for their work), but rather to never coast into their final days and finish strong!
“But the one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward why is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14
Perhaps no leader in the Bible (other than Jesus) finished as well as Paul. His transformation from enemy of the church into its preeminent evangelist is nothing short of a miracle. He did indeed finish well.
Here are four principles Paul taught that we can all apply to ensure we finish well.
1. The 1 Thing
Paul had only 1 thing he focused on – to spread the gospel. His all consuming focus drove him toward his finish line. His simple, clear purpose became his all consuming focus. He organized all of his and his team’s efforts around the 1 thing.
Crystalizing your 1 thing (purpose) is your most important step to ensuring all of your time and efforts are indeed pointing in the right direction, for both your life and your business. (Check out The On-Purpose Business by Kevin McCarthy to clarify your business purpose).
2. Forget Your Past
Just like Paul did, leave your past failures behind. Yes, learn from them, but let them go.
Additionally, forgive those who have mistreated or persecuted you (Colossians 3:13) just as the early church leaders had to forgive Paul of his past. Again, let it go.
3. Go for the Win
Without question, Paul gave everything he had to his 1 thing. He went for the win (1 Corinthians 9:24) and would not settle for second place.
As a believer in business, you should never settle for second place or second best but should run every race to win the prize. If you are only in the race to participate, then don’t bother. Focus totally on the win or find another race.
4. Remember Your Higher Calling
Every believer’s calling is to ultimately glorify God and point people to heaven (Psalm 34:3). We each have a different and unique calling on our lives. Yet when all of our 1 things work properly together, we ultimately bring glory to God.
An Exhortation to Finish Well
Whether you are 20-years old, 80-years old, or somewhere in between, I exhort you to reflect on these four principles and let them guide you in your unique race to finish well.