02 Dec Running Your Race and Finishing Strong (1 of 2)
Kingdom Dynamics Weekly (KDW) By Tunde Olugboji Vol 19:45
The Bible has a lot to say about running a race. “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. (1 Cor 9:24). And in 2 Tim 4:7 Paul said: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
Another key Bible verse about race is in Heb 12:1-2a: Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.
Being surrounded by great cloud is a vivid imagery for believers like you and I, as these giants of faith can be described as spectators urging us to keep on running our race with perseverance, a race akin to a marathon, definitely not a sprint. And the great thing is that because people like Abel, Noah and Abraham, and others named in the Hall of Faith in Heb 11 had done it in days gone by, we can also do it.
The important thing to note this week is that your race is unique to you, it has your name written boldly on it and to run it successfully, you’ve got to persevere, be persistent, purposeful, and plan ahead for the race. It is a race of faith, of believing and trusting in God in the face of adversities, a race that shapes your destiny, a race that determines how and where we’ll end up. But sadly, not everyone will run a good race, not everyone will finish strong.
This week, we’ll address some of the reasons why people fail to finish strong and discuss other reasons next week.
1. Failure to start the race: some people don’t even start at all. They talk, think, pontificate, procrastinate, but never start. And how can you finish something that you didn’t even start?
2. Lack of pre-race preparation: some enter the race without preparing. The word of God is the weapon of our warfare, so if the word is not inside of us, we will be completely unprepared for the race. This is when the vicissitudes of life throw us hither and dither.
3. Failure to start the race at the right time: the Bible tells us to seek the Lord when he may be found (Is 55:6), meaning that you don’t have to be in crisis to seek him. Start with God and you will not only finish but finish strong.
4. Competing in the wrong event or running a race that is not yours: can a sumo wrestler be successful in a sprint? When you are coveting what is not yours, you are running someone else’s race and that never ends well.
Will you pray thus this week: Lord, help me 2 finish strong, even when I stumble, with your help, I will get back on track. We are in December, the final month of 2010, and whatever has been an issue since the beginning of the year, it will no longer be an issue as far as running my race is concerned.
Have a great week.