We Have a Race to Run
The apostle Paul was an avid sport's fan. He must have been because he alluded to sports many times in his writings. In Acts 20:24 in the (NIV) he said..."I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me..."
In 2 Timothy 4 as he was nearing the end of his life he said, "I have finished the race." He knew the executioner's sword was about to fall on his head.
I have never had an overwhelming desire to run in one of those marathons. My son has completed about five of them now. Some of you have put in some rigorous training and completed the race. I congratulate you for that.
They usually congratulate some octogenarian, which completed the marathon, on Good Morning America. It puts me to shame because I get out of breath if I jog my memory!
But being a veteran of the Ten K races, I can tell you there are more people who start the race than there are who finish the race. They begin with enthusiasm and excitement and end up fatigued and disappointed. They haven't realized that it is as important how they finished the race as how they started the race.
My son has never won a marathon. However, he has finished every race he has started. He is proud of every medallion awarded to him.
God is not so much concerned with the fastest runner or the strongest runner. He is not so much concerned with who finishes first, second or third. In the Christian life, He gives everyone a medal that crosses the finish line.
God wants us to stay on course and to finish the race. Now the question is how do we do that?
First of all, we must remove all distractions. Hebrews 12:1 says "Let us strip off everything that slows us down or holds us back and let us run with patience the particular race that God has set before us." Your race is not my race and my race is not your race. Your pace is not my pace and my pace is not your pace. God is not ...
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