10.04.2013

RYR

Run Your Race.
This phrase has come to mean so much to me.

Run. 
Step by step movement. Although RUN implies a quick step by step movement, the idea is that you are moving, not stagnant. It's cool to walk if you need to catch your breath - then continue to run (or jog, wink).

Your.
Yours. Not someone else's. God created us unique & He has a unique plan for each of His children. We, as a body, are headed toward the same goal. Our routes to that goal are different. Our paths will definitely converge at times, but the path is indeed unique. This is what always amazes me about God; His intricate weaving abilities are beyond awesome. But that's what we can expect from a God who sits high and looks low.

Race.
Movement toward a goal. The type of race is an important distinction. It is not a sprint where we go our fastest for a short distance. This is a marathon. It is characterized by great length and requires great effort, great strength. Endurance, patience, perseverance - these words are crucial to completing this race.

The Goal.
Why run this race?
I cannot imagine the immense pleasure, joy, excitement and awe that we will feel when we hear our Lord say, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant…"  Run your race because there is laid up for you a crown of righteousness, which The Lord will give to you personally. Run your race because you will see Jesus face to face on that day. Run your race so your faithfulness can be seen in action; so that you can, like Paul, exclaim, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith." And don't barely make it, Finish Strong!

Funny! It's not about speed. Just keep going!
Therefore, we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us... Hebrews 12:1 NKJV

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. 2 Timothy 4:7-8