I suppose that is true.
New Christians find it easy to live out their faith and share it with others. They are like the seed that springs up quickly (Matt. 13:20-21). The new-found faith of these individuals causes them to be excited about living for Jesus. However, over time this exuberance often diminishes to the point where there is no perceived faith at all.
Then, at the end of life, faith has another good chance to be seen in people’s lives. They have explored the pleasures that the world has to offer, but they long for something more. They have reached a point where eternity is staring them directly in the face. They have no choice but to deny God once and for all or, finally, turn to him. End-of-life conversions are a joy to behold. It is wonderful to see a person near death finally accept Christ.
However, it is tough to exhibit faith in the middle. The newness of Christianity has worn off. The world keeps battering you daily, hoping that you will falter. Discouragement abounds, and the finish line is nowhere in sight.
The middle part is tough. That’s why we have to be especially diligent to live out our faith!
“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”—1 Corinthians 15:58.