WHOSE RACE IS IT ANYWAY?
WHOSE RACE IS IT ANYWAY?
Therefore let us also, seeing we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us: Hebrews 12:1
Do we have settled in our minds exactly what that race is? I can hear some say, "What Race?" In the Greek Olympics each runner was given a lane to run it, and it was up to them to be disciplined enough to run within those boundaries. I think those boundaries are clearly defined for us today as believers. "And what is that you ask?" Take a look with me at Marks Gospel the 16th chapter.
And afterward he was manifested unto the eleven themselves as they sat at meat; and he upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them that had seen him after he was risen (v15).
When Jesus gave this Great Commission, to His disciples; He did not intend simply to give them another task to tack on to their daily list of "things to do". He was presenting them with a new way of life and His vision of what God wanted to accomplish through them.
"The work of the Gospel leaves little room for self-imposed boundaries". Think about the task before us: we are to evangelize and disciple the whole world. We cannot allow anything to get in the way of carrying out this mandate.
Yet, if we were honest enough to admit it we would hear ourselves making all kinds of arguments in our minds as to why we can just simply comply by obeying. We start to reason within ourselves of the demands it will impose on our lives. Is it convenient, is it the right time, does the place it will call me to meet my standards of living, or will I have the necessary energy to expend after I've met all my other commitments O yes, once these issues are resolved then of course I'll be able to consider it, but not now.
And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house Luke 9:61.
O, we don't come right out and say those things. We have more subtle ways of saying it, be it deliberate or inadvertently. In many ways we have allowed our choices to get ahead in life to determine the race we are to involve ourselves in. When in actuality, it is our RACE that should determine our choices. There is a tremendous danger in letting our choices dictate our Race and that is it will always set limits on our success when it comes to Kingdom living.
thought that God was supposed to get first priority we it comes to defining our
vision for our lives. After all, we have been brought with a price? For
ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit,
which are God's. Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men
- 1Co 6:20 1Co 7:23
We are reminded in Scriptures that God has saved us and called us with a Holy calling -2Ti 1:9. Holy, Set Apart, Different! What is different about our lives anyway? Are we striving just as the world is to carve out a life for ourselves here on earth. Did not Jesus ask Simon Peter, "Lovest thou Me more than these?"
I think it would be safe to conclude then that at the heart of this issue is love for God, verses love for a certain, preconceived "life-style we feelthat either God has blessed us with, or we have a right to because we happened to be born in a certain place and time."
It's a sad affair if what is getting in the way of us fulfilling the Great Commission is our privileges, our interest, our comfort, or our self alleged rights . To all of these we are reminded; "Whosoever doth not bear his own cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple" - Lu 14:27
when speaking on his own defense before King Agrippa said this,
I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision: But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance. For these causes the Jews caught me in the temple, and went about to kill me. Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great
Let us be so bold this day to ask ourselves, whose vision or race am I running? Have I determined My Own Race, Have I Tagged Along With The World In This Thing They Call The Rat Race, Am I Running What Someone Else Has Defined As My Race? Or Am I Looking Unto Jesus And The Heavenly Vision He Has Set Before Me? It does matter you know!
Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain - Php 2:16.
THINK ON THESE THINGS - ACT ON THESE THINGS
It is my prayer that God will make know His presence to you even in the worst of times and that you will, as never before, look to all the good He is going to accomplish on your behalf.