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Finishing the Race (2 of 4)
Series: Faith for the Future
If you have your Bible I want to invite you to turn to Hebrews 12 and today we are talking about ''Faith For the Future.'' We are going to be talking today about ''Finishing The Race.'' As we begin each New Year, it is not only important how we start but it is more important how we finish. If you think about the race of life, it is important in the race of life to finish. Think about your Christian race, it is important not to get discouraged and give up before the end of your Christian race because God has given us all a race to run. Your race is not my race and my race is not your race. We all are on a different track. God has a separate track for each one of us and it is not a matter of how fast we run, but how faithfully we run. It is not a matter of beating someone else, but it is a matter of our finishing the race and fulfilling God's purpose in our life.
In Hebrews 12:1, the picture of a Christian life is that of this race that we are talking about. And in this race there are those who are looking on, there is God who is looking down, there is the world that is looking in. And there are spectators in this race, participants in this race, and there are judges in this race. And of course, the spectators are those Christians who have died and gone to heaven and are with the Lord. They are looking down on us. They have finished their race now as it were; they are in heaven encouraging us not to give up in our race. And then of course there is the world that looks in. The world looks at the Christians and looks at our lives and sees how we live and how faithfully we run and how faithfully we serve the Lord. And the world gets an impression of Jesus from looking at us. And of course, there is God who is looking on. We are in a race. We are in a race with Satan, we are in a race with sin and the Bible teaches we are to be faithful in the race that God has given to us.
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