by Pastor Mark Jordan
“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” (Acts 20:24, NIV)
It was about two years ago when I set my personal record in a foot race. It was a 5k to support families in the process of adoption, and Tiffany and I were grant recipients to help us get Mia home. I remember running my heart out around that course, enabling me to set my own personal record. Never mind it was the first (and as it turns out only, at least to this point) competitive race, I can still point back to that day in early May with great joy for what it helped us accomplish. Of course I jest about the personal record aspect, but the race meant a lot to me. As I began to tire about halfway through, I turned my focus to the little girl half-way around the world that needed me to keep running. I also focused on the call that God placed on our hearts to get Mia to a safe and loving home where she could thrive. God’s love pounding in my chest far surpassed the pounding of my feet on the course to finish that race. And I did, running the entire way. I loved it and still look back upon it fondly.
After that event, I pledged that I would begin running to help others in similar positions. Admittedly, I haven’t run competitively since, but I know I still have a spiritual race ahead of me as I run for my family and my calling to help all God’s children know of God’s love. So I fix my eyes on the goal and keep running for Jesus, who as the writer of Hebrews tells us in relation to running the race, is the finish line as the author and perfector of faith.
What race has God laid out for you? How are you doing with it? Are you sprinting out ahead, languishing behind, or somewhere in between? God gives you a race to run in faith, and fills you with his Holy Spirit to grant you his holy endurance. So ignore the fatigue and soreness you might feel, as well as the critics saying you can’t do it, and lower your head to keep running so you can testify to the good news of God in Jesus Christ!
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for giving me a race to run for you. I ask for your strength and endurance when I grow tired, remembering how Jesus gave so much for me to live. I know you are the finish line, so I ask for your presence and power to be with me until I get there. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.