Life’s Race

Finishing line

Editable vector illustration of a man winning a race

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a

 great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything

 that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.

 And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,

 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.

 For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame

, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners,

so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

 Hebrews 12:1-3

Who would have ever thought that the writer in Hebrews would refer to life as a race. When we train for any kind of race we focus on building up endurance. As Christians we focus on being a people who endure and persevere in the supremacy of Jesus. The Bible doesn’t tell us that once we are Christians that it’s clear sailing in fact it’s the opposite a lot of times. There will be agony in life, we should expect it because it is necessary for spiritual strength. Self-pity becomes the inability to process that suffering will go around us. Run the race with endurance and run for the joy you find in Jesus. Consider that he has already suffered and paid the price for all of us.  It is when we are weak that we are strong.

“Lord, thank you that I don’t have to run this race alone. Thank you that my sins have already been bought and paid for. Help me to see that when I am at my weakest I am actually at my strongest.” Amen

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10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10 NIV

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The Harvest

IMG_0189“Let us not become weary in doing good, for

At the proper time we will reap a harvest, if

We do not give up.”

Galatians 6:9 (NIV)

Harvest means the season in which you pick or gather something. Generally, crops are gathered during the harvest season. When we sow seeds and grow them to be strong they become ripe for the harvest. So too, as Christians we need to grow in our faith not just by bringing others to Christ but also helping them grow as Christians. Sometimes all it takes is telling someone how you came to know Jesus. God does the planting and through the Holy Spirit we see our need for Jesus. He wants us to be part of His Harvest if we are willing.

“Lord, thank you for sending Jesus to us. Help us to sow the seeds you plant and bring Your Word to a hurting nation. A great harvest is coming and I wish to help.” Amen

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God does the planting and the Holy Spirit shows us our need for Jesus.

Being Human

IMG_0116“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

Matthew 11:28 (NIV)

I never tire reading those words in Matthew. How many of us are weary and burdened every day and just looking for rest? All we need to do is go to the Lord. For the past few months I’ve been trying to work on my health. I’ve set a goal and have been determined to reach them. Doing it on my own is exhausting though and it seemed like I was taking on Mt. Everest, when I realized I needed God’s help because I couldn’t do it on my own, the journey got easier. Each day is a new day with new challenges but each day, I pray that God will help me through it and so far He has.

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God gives rest to the weary.