STAY IN THE RACE
In my humble opinion, this devotion is crucial and critical to every believer. The race is not given to the swift but to those who endure to the end. This journey of the Christian race is long and tedious. There are roadblocks, detours, disappointments, heartaches, suffering and pain. Yet, we are called to finish the course. As we continue to deal with Coronavirus, and all other trials and tribulations of life, many have dropped out of the race. But remember, “It’s not where you start, but where you finish that counts.” There is a great reward for those who finish the course.
Our Scripture reference, Philippians 3:12, speaks about the need to stay in the race:
“I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.”
Paul, the humble servant of the Lord, writes to his fellow believers that he realized that he has not reached perfection, but he presses toward the mark of the high calling in Christ Jesus. He says, “I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” In order to reach the goal, you have to keep on pressing. Paul does not want to drop out of the race nor does he want his brothers and sisters to quit. He wants to reach the goal line. The race may not be easy, but with some discipline and determination, God will help us to finish the course.