Theme For David Jeremiah Devotional 14 October 2019 – FINISHING THE RACE
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.
Recommended Reading: Acts 20:24
Regularly, we see reports of a heroic finish by a competitor in a long-distance running event. Dehydrated, some have collapsed and completed their race by crawling across the finish line. Sometimes a fellow competitor gives up his or her own chance of winning by helping a faltering runner—or a parent or friend comes down from the stands to assist. And in marathons, a parent is often seen pushing a cart carrying a disabled child who wanted to compete. In all these cases, these competitors are not heroes because they won but because they finished.
Finishing the race is the image of the Christian life as presented in the New Testament—with endurance and perseverance being the traits called for. We are not running anyone else’s race; we are running “the race that is set before us.” Since every race is different and unique, to finish is to win the race God has set before us individually.
Look at this day as one step in your race to glory, fueled by endurance and perseverance.
Beginning well is a momentary thing; finishing well is a lifelong thing.
Credit For David Jeremiah Devotional 14 October 2019 – David Jeremiah