“And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us” – life is like a race where we all win because we have our own personal finish line. I used to run in 10K races, but I wasn’t trying to win. My goal was just to finish the race and hopefully do better than I did the last time. Most runners are just trying to finish the race and beat their personal best. This is a good approach for life. Keep living, keep running to finish your race, and try to beat your personal best every day. While we wait on God to move in our life lets trust God more today than we did yesterday and be a better witness for Him in how we live. While we run our race let us strive to love more, forgive more, be more patient, and have more peace spiritually. Our race is to grow up in Christ through our struggle and strive to beat our spiritual personal best every day. The saints of old did this in the midst of suffering and hardship, and we can too with God’s help.
“fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” Runners need a focal point to keep going and not give up when the going gets tough. Focus on the Lord, not the noise of the world. He is the reason we run. Remember what He endured before He rose with all power in His hand. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us, and Apostle Paul tells us our reward is coming when we cross the finish line.
2 Timothy 4:7-8
“7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”
Rev. Smith is the pastor of Emanuel Reformed Church www.emanuelreformedchurch.net and can be reached at 828-962-8196, email@example.com or PO Box 3311, Hickory NC 28603.
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