Last weekend I heard a message that made me stop and think about my race..
the one God gives uniquely to each of us.
The verses that encourage us to run the race and finish well take on a new meaning when faced with adversity.
Do we run the race God has given us without questioning his sovereignty or do we look at others and wonder why their race is different from ours?
Comparing circumstances with others is easy to do.
We would all want our families to have the easy race but what if that is not God's best for them?
What if the difficulties faced will cause me to draw closer to Christ?
Would that not be worth it then?
Oh the sweet peace when we trust Him fully.
I've read those verses in Hebrews 12: 1-3 in different translations and then I read it in the plainest language translation that I thought I would share with you.
"Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins.
Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in.
Study how he did it.
Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God.
When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!"
See this part?
"Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed..."
We watch those that ran the race before and see how they did it.
It is good to pay attention to the footsteps of ones that embraced their race and chose to live a life that honoured God.
We all know those people.
They inspire us.
Some are beginning their race and some have finished.
Oh to race well.
Take thirty-seven minutes and forty-three seconds to listen and be inspired and challenged.
I'd like to invite you to click on the link and listen to Jeff Bucknam on this message.
Let's stop taking the short cuts in our races and put our lives onto a course that will see us finish well.
all for now...