seeing we also
so great a cloud
let us lay aside
and the sin
which doth so easily
and let us run
the race that is set
Brian and I REALLY enjoy watching the show, “America Ninja Warrior”!
In fact, I’ve gotten so "into" the show that I actually give the competitors advice as they are running the course!
I encourage them to straighten their arms as they are swinging on a certain obstacle to keep from falling or to kick their legs harder to get more momentum so they can make a solid landing and not end up going for a swim in the water beneath them.
WAIT? WHAT? I'm actually only talking to the television and NOT to the actual competitors??
They require extreme strength, speed, coordination, agility and downright bravery!
Some of the competitors scale the warped wall and hit the buzzer signifying their completion of the course! Some make it half way through the course before their fatigued body gives out. Some may only make it through the first one or two obstacles.
But every single one of them gives it their absolute ALL!
Those who don’t complete the course, pick themselves up, brush themselves off and are resolved to be back next year stronger and in even better shape to compete once again.
They REFUSE to give up!
Most of the competitors train for months, several hours a day, in order for their shot at winning a cash prize of $1,000,000 and the title of being the next "American Ninja Warrior."
As believers in Jesus Christ, we, too, have been called to run a race.
Our race began the day we accepted Jesus as our personal Saviour and our race will end the day we see Jesus face-to-face!
The competitors on "America Ninja Warrior" run for a prize of one million dollars.
We, too, are running our race for a prize. As nice as one million dollars may sound, our prize is worth SO MUCH MORE. In fact our prize is so valuable there cannot even be a price assigned to it.
What is our prize?
Our "prize" is the PRIVILEGE to be with our Saviour in Heaven for ALL Eternity! To be part of the heavenly choir described below.
"And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing."
Just like the competitors on "American Ninja Warrior" have to overcome many obstacles in order to finish the course. We, too, will need to overcome many obstacles along our race.
These obstacles will come in many different forms. Loss of jobs, illness, temptations, death of loved ones, marital difficulties, loneliness, depression, financial burdens, children who go astray, betrayal, addictions and on and on and on.
Competitors may get to a certain obstacle and get “hung up on it”. As hard as they try, they just don’t have the strength to hang on. Their hands slowly lose their grip on the rope and down into the water they go.
There may be times along your race when that's exactly how you feel.
You just can’t take one more step.
You’re ready to drop.
Ready to give up.
I've been there a few times.
It’s NOT a fun place to be.
But just when I was ready to left go of the rope, I remembered the prize which is waiting for me at the end of my race!
I also remembered that in order for me to win that prize, my Saviour had to endure unspeakable suffering for MY sins and YOUR sins. Suffering I can't even begin to fathom.
"But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed."
That right there is MORE THAN ENOUGH to keep me running my race!
What a reason for NOT quitting!
Some competitors build an obstacle course in their backyard or garage so they can basically train on a 24/7 schedule!
They live and breathe to become the next America Ninja Warrior.
We need to live and breathe The Gospel of The Lord Jesus Christ!
How do we train for our race?
We train by spending quality time in God’s Word and in prayer. If physically able, attending church to be fed from The Word of God, as well as, to worship and have fellowship with other believers. Serving the Lord and others with the gifts and talents God bestows upon each one of us. Sharing the “good news” of Jesus with all those around us.
The competitors on "America Ninja Warrior" put in hours upon hours of diligent, strenuous training for their few minutes, sometimes SECONDS, in the spotlight.
If they can do that, don't you think our Saviour deserves just as much, if NOT A LOT MORE, from those of us which He purchased with His precious, sacrificial blood?
"What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."
I Corinthians 6:19-20
How are you doing in your race?
Some things for you and ME to ponder:
- Are we overcoming the obstacles in our race by the power of God's Word, prayer and the Spirit of the Lord Who lives within us as believers? Or are we allowing the obstacles to overcome us?
- Are we giving Jesus our ABSOLUTE 100% ALL? Or does He only get 50%, 75%, or just the "leftovers"?
- Are we training DAILY so we can become stronger in our walk with our Saviour? Or do we train when we feel like it or when it's convenient for us?
- Do we run our race with our eyes fixed on the prize awaiting us at the end of our race? With our eyes fixed on becoming more like our Saviour each day? Or do we allow the things we do for Christ and for others to become our moments in the "limelight"? If this becomes our mentality, it will cause us to become proud, boastful and "full of ourselves", ultimately causing us to lose complete sight of our purpose of becoming more like Christ, and "side-lining" ourselves in the process.
Like the lyrics
to the song say,
"Till the race
and the work
not by sight!"
If you have been helped by this post and think it could be helpful to someone you know, please share this post on the social network of your choice for me.
All you have to do is click one of the buttons below.
May God Bless You,