Following Jesus and Finishing the Race…
To be a real follower of Jesus takes an awesome commitment!!! Have you taken that step? The biggest challenge is getting over the fact that the race is to lift up Jesus name and not for personal gain. Look at what God’s word says about denial.
Luke 9:23 ” And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
After we accept Jesus as our Savior He desires that we would serve Him. As with salvation God does not force service upon us. But obedience is huge if we are to hear “well done” when we are at home in heaven with Him. We must remember that life on this earth is like a vapor in that it passes quickly and then comes eternity. You may remember your moment of salvation but do you remember presenting yourself to His service?
Romans 12:1-2 ’I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. ‘
One example we have in scripture is Paul making this type of commitment. Because of it he was able to look confidently on his past service for the King. How is your view of the past? If you don’t like it, you can change how the future is played out!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yes, this life is both and race and a war against the evil all around us. When my earthly life is over and I enter my eternal home with Jesus, I hope to be able to say…
Eph 6:12-13 “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
II Tim 4:7 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
How about you? Is it time to enter the war?