Have you heard the saying, “life isn’t fair, but God is always faithful”? Its so true and that’s part of the problem, life is full of its obstacles, distractions and shall I say “crosses”. Good things happen to people who don’t seemingly deserve it, while bad things happen to “good” people. These hindrances, obstacles whatever we label them are part of the race we’ve been given to run. However, there’s a key to running any race, it’s simple, it’s what you focus on!
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith… (Heb 12:1-2)
The finish line is always a great thought for us to have in our minds. Thinking not only about heaven, but as mentioned above “looking unto Jesus”. He truly is at the finish line waiting for us, and while there may be years, births, deaths, marriages, victories, losses, and the sort before we cross over, we know and are assured that He will be there waiting for us. “Looking unto Jesus” and the finish line view, is really designed to get us through, to get us over, to keep us keeping on. It reminds us where we are going, it tells we are going somewhere, and that we do have a reason to press on. Ultimately the finish line view, is for forward movement; to keep us from getting stuck and on the look out for the things that “stick us”.
But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. (Act 7:55)
What do you do when your down? Look up! The finish line view is for keeping us moving forward, but here we find “looking unto Jesus” another way, we see Him glorified standing at the right hand of God. We see Him exalted, highly lifted up, not struggling with the cross He bore, but sovereign, taking a seat while all of His enemies are being made His footstool. We will face situations that get us down, we will go into situations that hurt us, we will loose battles, all while being assured the victory of the whole war. And its this “looking unto Jesus”, the conquering Jesus, the Jesus who said be of good cheer because I have overcome the world, that enables us to stay on our feet, even in the face of the toughest odds.
And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” (Luke 22:19)
Have you ever found yourself doing something, but forgot why you were doing it? Well in running our race, we can forget, but we need to remember. We need to remember forward! It may sound odd, but remembering forward, is what’s going to keep us on the straight and narrow. In remembering, we need to remember Jesus on the cross, and the cross we are called to bear. We need to remember that we were brought with a price, remember that we were given liberty, but not for our liberty to be a cloak for sin. I read a quote the other day that said and I paraphrase, opportunities knock, but temptations lean on the doorbell. It’s so true, but what’s even truer is that if we submit to God, resist devil, He will flee. Temptations, times of desperation, pity parties and the sort will come for us to turn aside, take leave or reprieve from the path. Those are times to remember through, and remember forward, to call out to ourselves, “charge forward”! The price has been paid, the path laid, and its our time to pull through.
Blessings to you as you journey on the Way!
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