Today is the big day.
You have given the last four years preparing for this race.
– Studied information on the subject.
– Critiqued yourself to boost your style.
Believing with all your heart, you know you are ready.
The race is about to begin. The gun goes off. Pow! You start, running at maximum speed. In your mind you are telling yourself “I got this”. As you continue moving, you find ways to encourage yourself,
“Oh, I am glad I read that book about….because I could use that knowledge right here.”
“Oh, I am glad I changed the way I did that because I would have just messed up right here.”
“Sure am glad I practiced because I could not withstand against some of the competition today, they are in top fitness shape having won gold medals.”
As the race continues, your endurance wears thin. The perfect form you started the race with is showing defects. No biggie, it is here or there. It is not bothering your lead in the race. You look at your coach on the sidelines cheering you on. That gives you the push you need to remain ahead.
Now halfway through the race. You are still breathing. Your body is a little sore. You are tired. But this race is about others, more than you. So you take a deep breath
and you keep pushing forward. Your emotions are up and down, your body and mind are telling you to give up, but you can’t. Once you make a decision in your heart that you will carry out the race before you, then commitment keeps you running. Your form is now consistent with imperfections, but it is an event you cannot leave.
The final stage of the race takes place. You are dragging. You are not even certain if you will make it. Now, you are so tired you say, “Forget other people, I am trying to get through this final stage.” Your tiredness shows in your affections and speech. It is intense. If you stepped outside your body, you image the picture would be one of an individual encountering a violent wind. The coach sees it, he is encouraging you to carry on while he speaks to himself at the identical time.
Whew! You made it.
The race is not over yet. You are in the cool down stages. But the severity of the race is behind you. Reflections are coming to mind. Observing where you have hurt muscles or
made wrong moves in the race. You think “wow” I did not even realize I took that turn wrong. Now I understand when I stepped this way why that happened. Then you notice how the moves aided the opponent in the race. You gain mental notes to correct this revelation to improve the next race you will be in.
Many times when we think of being a Christian we visualize the faith walk with ease. Our flesh yearns for things to be handed to us, not having to work for anything. When we are told of a “loving” God our mind has produced the conception that a loving God would not allow circumstances in which we sweat and hurt.
However, in reading 1 Corinthians 9:24-25 (NIV)
24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.
Paul tells us that in order to run this race of faith it will undergo training. Training to obtain a crown that last for eternity.
I encourage you that no matter where you are right now and how hard it is to stand on God’s Word. Continue trusting Him for what He has said. Believing that more is being worked out in and where you are, then what you can see in front of you.
In the comment section below please share your thoughts. Here are some questions to help you get started:
- Have you ever trained for any type of race or competition? If so what was it and how did it end?
- Has God every had you in a situation that it was harder than you excepted it to be? Explain.
- Has there been a time you wanted to give up on walking in faith and do the bear minimum of what God was asking of you? Explain.