Negative splits is a running term. For those not “in the know” about such things, it basically describes what happens when someone runs the second half of a race faster than the first half. This means their time is better per mile/kilometer (or split).
What does that have to do with ministry?
The Apostle Paul gives his perspective on life and finishing well in Acts 20:24 “But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.”
Jesus talks of the man who builds a house and the importance of counting the cost in order that he may finish. He warns that laying a foundation and then not finishing the house will result in ridicule (Luke 14:28-30).
If you run the first part of the race flat-out, but then get injured, distracted or worn out, you won’t finish. That is why most trainers will teach you to pace yourself in the first few miles. Then, once you have settled into a good pace and you aren’t running on the adrenaline of the start, you can run well. Doing this will set you up for a good race and good finish.
How does this apply today?
- Young people want to do something NOW. Take the time to train and prepare for the work God has put in your hear to do.
- People in their middle years (which is me!) need to see the importance of EVERYTHING and work wisely. Don’t waste time on unimportant things.
- Those more senior than me (those in their 60’s and higher fit this description) should never “retire” from ministry. Finish Well!
Looking back in a race will usually just trip you up. Keep your eye on the prize! Press on and do the work of Jesus!