What Really Matters is How You Finish


Robert Robinson was a popular preacher in the late 1700’s. Today, he is best known as the author of the classic hymn “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.” But what a lot of people don’ t know is that later in his ministry he began to backslide. To the point where people said there was hardly a resemblance of anything Christian left in him. After years of living apart from God, one day he found himself riding a stagecoach with a lady who was joyfully humming the hymn he had written many years before. At one point she asked him if he was familiar with the song, which had given her so much joy. He responded to her by saying, “Madam, I am the poor unhappy soul that wrote that hymn, so many years ago, and I would give a thousand worlds to have that joy again.” The encounter so impressed Robinson that it sparked a work of repentance and revival in his life. He went on to finish his life boldly proclaiming the gospel and leading souls to Christ. As the hymn says “prone to wander Lord I feel it, prone to leave the God I love.” Praise God there are “streams of mercy never failing.” Remember, it’s not how you start that matters. It’s how you finish. God is always waiting for you to return home, no matter where you’ve been or how long you’ve been gone. – Pastor Brad Brandon

1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

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