Unless we’re rooted in our identity in Christ, we won’t make it. Our life and ministry flow out of our experience of first being loved by God. We love because God first loved us.
How did Jesus finish well? He got his identity straight.
When he was tempted in the desert to define himself by what he did, what others thought of him and what he had, he could reject those voices because he had learned to see himself as God sees him.
When he endured disappointment, loneliness and heartache, he persevered because he had learned to see himself as God sees him.
Do you want to finish well? Do you want to leave a legacy of loving and serving others well? Then you need to see yourself as God sees you. Lord, remind me who I am.