30 Oct The Amazing Race
The Christian life is a race. When we believe in Jesus and His finished work on the cross we are placed on a running track. We are expected to run the race of faith.
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run [their very best to win], but only one receives the prize? Run [your race] in such a way that you may seize the prize and make it yours! – 1 Corinthians 9:24 (AMP Version).
Like any race, there must be a winner. I used to be an athlete when I was in school and I remember how my coach was serious about our training. We would train after school whether we felt like it or not.
I also remember some races were a piece of cake but also how I would struggle with other races, not even two weeks later. So many factors can contribute to that, at times it was the scorching sun, or that I was so nervous and overwhelmed by the loud cheers around me, crumbling under the pressure!
But none the less I was an athlete that represented our school just like you are an athlete that represents heaven. You represent Jesus. Trust me, you may feel like this faith race is hard at times. Sometimes you have to face hurdles on your way. There will be levels where your track is full of obstacles right after another. Know that any war you will face is after your faith.
You were running [the race] well; who has interfered and prevented you from obeying the truth? This [deceptive] persuasion is not from Him who called you (to freedom in Christ] – Galatians 5:7-8 (AMP Version).
You were running so well. What happened? Did your faith get distracted? Did something or someone deceive you? Have you just gone through an experience that persuaded you that you were better off on the grandstands? Whatever your answer is…take courage. Catch your breath if you need to.
“He gives strength to the weary, And to him who has no might He increases power” – Isaiah 40:29 (AMP Version)
Let God know that you need Him to strengthen you. The word of God will give you signposts. It will train you, it will supplement your faith. Faith is like a muscle, when trained and nurtured it grows strong. Make the word of God your manual., so that when you are lost in the race it will be your information pack, helping you map out your path, direction, and light your way.
You might have a host of questions… God where should I go from here? God what is my purpose? How do I build a fruitful future for my children? How do I love my unsaved family? Should I invest in this business opportunity? How can I be a blessing to my local church? I believe that your faith should find expression in every area of your life. Like in any race your momentum will vary according to the twists and turns you come across. Keep your eyes on the prize. Keep your eyes on Jesus. What matters most is that you finish the race in faith and that you endure till the end.
One day when you have finished your race you will be like Paul. You will say
“I have fought the good and worthy and noble fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” [firmly guarding the gospel against error]– 2 Timothy 4:7
I love God and His word. I have a great passion to help women mature in their relationship with Christ…it’s possible because God’s grace has removed the boundaries. We have unlimited access to our Father.