Run the Race
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us."
What race are you running?
I often like to sit and reflect on my own race, the race that God has had me running for the past few years. Five years ago I surrendered everything I had to God. I was at a point of confusion and desperation for answers and direction. As I sat in my room late one night, I told God “do whatever you want with me.” I was at the point of having nothing, so I ended up giving everything to God.
I didn’t know what was happening in that moment. I didn’t know what my life would look like from then on. But what I knew is that in that moment, something changed in my heart and soul. It was like something came alive inside of me, and I couldn’t ignore it. It was like I was raised from the dead, and I had new life living inside of me.
I couldn’t ignore it, and I most certainly couldn’t fake it. A new passion for Jesus came into my life, and I was radically changed forever.
Since then, I’ve been running the race set before me. There were lots of bumps along the way, but that is to be expected when your life is completely changed. As I surrendered my whole life to Jesus, He took me through a journey that refined me and cleansed me of my old life. I won’t get into all the details, but after giving my life to Jesus, the journey that I was about to walk was going to put me to the test, more than I could of expected. But all this testing did something amazing in me. It challenged me and stretched me beyond my own limits so I could rely on Jesus for all my strength. God allowed constant tests to come my way so I would eventually learn how to rely on Him in every way.
God is our only source for strength in this life, and sometimes we need to hit rock bottom to fully understand that truth.
Despite tests, trials, misunderstanding, and the pains of growth and maturity, God allows all these things to come our way because it betters ourselves in the end. I wouldn’t be who I am today if I didn’t follow God through the storms of life. It’s through the storms of life- the heartache, pain, suffering, where we learn of His love the most. Suffering in this lifetime isn’t over for me, or for any of us (“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33) but when those hard times comes, we must learn how to embrace them. We must learn how to hear Gods voice as He guides and shepherds us through life’s toughest times.
God will use the bad times in the race set before us for our good and for the good of His kingdom. He will use anything meant to harm us for good as long as we continually put our trust in Him. The race before us looks different for everyone, but it all starts with the same response- surrender.
God has a race set for you, one that is perfect for YOU. Are you willing to lay down your life of sin and emptiness to follow Him into whatever He has called you to do? He desires to use your gifts and talents to glorify Him and to help those around you. Don’t settle for the mediocre. Don’t settle for whatever this world has for you. What GOD has for you is a million times greater than what you could dream of. Joining the race may be difficult at first, but I can speak from experience- IT IS WORTH IT! The life I am living now is the most purpose-filled and adventurous life. It was a life that was designed for me, and it’s all because God had a plan for me that I said yes to. I didn’t know what things were going to look like. But all God wanted was for me to trust Him. Tonight, He is asking the same with you.
Will you trust Him with your life tonight?
Will you surrender your brokenness and heartache to Him?
Will you surrender your dreams to follow the dreams He has for you?
He is a good Father who only wants what’s best for you. We may not understand His ways at first, but as you daily pick up your cross to follow Him, you will learn more and more of His unconditional love that He has for you.
So, what race will you run?