Friday, October 2, 2015

THE RACE

I have friends who are very athletic. Some race, some do yoga, some are into their bikes...some do all the above. I am not athletic. I was when I was a kid, but that ship has sailed. Some people have that mindset to get up and move. They push for the physical achievement and then push further. In my defense, I do have my own little goals even though they are not that noteworthy. I admit I won’t be running in a marathon, but I’m already signed up for the greatest race. 

Hebrews 12.1-3.(msg) says.... Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls! 

 As a 49 year Veteran of this race, I’d like to encourage you to take the time for your spiritual training. Here are some bare bones suggestions to help you get started. 

1. Strip down the things of the ‘world’. Even when people say it’s OK to participate, if God says NO...then don’t. Simply, that’s called having a personal conviction. 

2. Get rid of bad habits. Those parasitic sins in the above verse are are actions or thoughts that are embedded. They can be good habits gone bad or seemingly benign behavior that has the potential for wrong. Ask Him. He’ll tell you what you need to do. Then set your mind to it. 

3. No spiritual fat. God’s Word is Fat-Free. No junk has been added. It’s not even sugar coated. Being educated in other religions and writings is not a bad thing, but remember they are not the final Authority. Read the Word. 

So, having said all that, I may not be getting on my bike any time soon or donning on my tennis shoes for a workout, BUT I will surely see you at the Race Track.


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