Life is like running a race – it is a marathon not a sprint.
God plans out our race path, both as individuals and as a church. God’s plans are always good. Jeremiah 29 v11-12 “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
Hebrews 12 v1
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.
Hebrews 12 comes after Hebrews 11 – it lists some of the flawed but faithful heroes in the Bible. They were all ordinary people, like you and me, who did extraordinary things for God. It’s amazing is that we are told that they are cheering us on as we run our race!
God gives us strength to do that which He asks of us – Philippians 4 v13 “I can do all things through Christ who give me strength.”
How do we run? By “keeping our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith” Hebrews 12 v2
Jesus, the pioneer – He went ahead of us, doing something no one else had ever done before, opening the way to the finishing line of heaven, showing us how to run enduring hardship because of the joy ahead.
Jesus, the perfecter – we are all works in progress, Jesus is perfecting us slowly as we persevere in our faith.
We are called to run both individually and together as a team (church)
Do you know your personal race that God has marked out for you?
Do you know the planned course of your church life together? What is the specific task for you?
Check out Philippians 3 v13-14
“And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year ‘Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown’
He replied ‘Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way’”
ONWARDS & UPWARDS with God into 2017
May you be richly blessed this year.