11 Dec Running Your Race and Finishing Strong (2 of 2)
Kingdom Dynamics Weekly (KDW) By Tunde Olugboji Vol 19:46
Last week we started our discussion on 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). In 2 Tim 4:7 Paul said: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
And the writer of Hebrews said in 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.
If you’re a runner you would probably have discovered that sometimes you feel less than eager to lace your running shoes and hit the track, but don’t despair, everyone, even the highest level athletes, hit performance plateaus or simply lose some enthusiasm for putting one foot in front of the other. Identifying some of the factors that make runners (and we are all are in the spiritual sense) fail, is a good way of ensuring that you run a successful race in 2019.
Last week, we discussed four of such factors:
1. Failure to start the race.
2. Lack of pre-race preparation.
3. Failure to start the race at the right time.
4. Competing in the wrong event or running a race that is not yours.
This week, we’ll add an additional four as we prepare to usher in 2020:
1. Falling, flailing, or failing during a race, as a result of sin. Sin is like an albatross around the neck, it will slow you down and cause you to stumble and fumble. Remember, Samson, began the deliverance of his people, but he never finished his race (Jud 13:5), largely because of his proclivities.
2. Self-doubt, self-limitations and self-condemnation: When you have convinced yourself that your accent, education, race, etc. are impediments on the path of your success, you are in very big trouble, you have exposed yourself to the devil’s whims, and you may never cross the finish line, as you run your race.
3. Lack of focus or distraction: a serious runner will focus on the finish line, and for believers, like the Bible says, we should fix our gaze on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.
4. Laziness, inability to preserver, indiscipline, lack of motivation: Paul made it clear that he fought a good fight, he finished his course, he kept the faith (2 Tim 4:7). Have you?
Let’s say a simple prayer this week: Lord, I pledge, with the help of the Holy Spirit, that I will not run the race marked out for another person. I will not look at my colleague, friend, neighbor, brother or sister in running my race. I will focus on the author and finisher of my faith. And 2019 shall end well for me.
Have a great week.