Life. Like the 10km run I participated in… life is very much a long-distance affair. It’s not a sprint and requires endurance & perseverance. Here are a 3 things that I’ve found are true about living life out in faith:
- Much like my race bib & chip, we are marked as believers by the Holy Spirit. What’s even more awesome is that we have access to the Holy Spirit to guide us in the many decisions we have to make in life. Another big plus is that we are reminded about our true state of being by the Holy Spirit as we read the Bible daily.
- Living out our faith is a marathon. Pacing ourselves is very important hence the need to keep moving forward even though it may be slow-going at times. Patience is key here and it may see that we are being left behind by others in life but we gotta trust that God moves each one of us at a best that is best suited for us. He knows us best after all doesn’t He?
- Finishing the race of life well is important. Many of us start off well but finishing is another matter altogether. Let’s not be arrogant to think we can do it by our own strength, life often throws a stuff at us that bowls us over and causes us to lose sight of the prize. Our dependence is on God and the prize that awaits us is in Heaven not here on earth. Thankfully as we run, our God is good enough to bless us with many, many things right here on earth. He is no man’s debtor. He is good. Period.
As I approached the finish line I was much encouraged to press on by all the people who were standing by the way-side cheering us on. The Bible tells us that we have huge supporters cheering us on too. They who have run the race well cheer us on through their examples and stories in the Bible and I’d like to believe that they watch over us from up above with a ready word to spur us on as we read of them & their adventures with God.
I leave you guys today with the following:
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.