Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Run the Race

Hebrews 12:1(NLT)
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.

When we think of a race, we think about competition. This is not what this race means. It is a verb, not a noun. It just means to strive toward a goal. I don't think that when we read this verse we actually think that it means to be in competition against eachother. But how often do we judge someone's closeness to God by what we see? How often do we look at eachother and get frustrated because either, "I want to be where she is spiritually.", or "Why can't she be more like me spiritually?" If we see someone struggling, we are supposed to help them. We should just be careful that we are getting them back to where God needs them, not where we want them.

1 Samuel 16:6-7 (NLT)
When they arrived, Samuel took one look at Eliab and thought, “Surely this is the Lord’s anointed!”
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Sometimes the outward appearance of someone's faith does not match their heart. Just because it appears to us that someone may be "behind", or not maturing fast enough, they just might be exactly where God wants them to be.

I was driving the other day, and I was so focused on the car in front of me, I didn't even realize I was in the wrong lane. Our eyes need to be on the road ahead of us. If we are too focused on some one else's path, or calling, how can we run the race God has set before each of us individually.

Ephesians 4:1-3
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

Stop competing with eachother. Focus on where God needs you to be. Be content with where you are, knowing that there will always be a higher calling for your life in God's perfect timing.