Monday, 10 October 2011

The Race

Dear sisters and friends, we are in a race... a great race to be run with endurance, keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith. A race beset with snares, and with miry clay which daily threatens to grab hold of us. A race which runs parallel to a broader racetrack, one that constantly beckons to us with its easy slopes and cheap delights. There is no cost to run on that racetrack. But the other track - our track - our race - was started at great cost. A heavy price was paid. For Someone initiated and perfected it. Someone authored and finished it. Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. His precious blood was shed for that race to begin. It is a track marked with that precious blood which purges the sin of those entering the race... and through the Grace, Mercy and Love of that Life given for us, through the power of that Resurrection, He places us on the track... and signals the start of the race! Through the conviction and power of the Holy Spirit, He urges us onward... in His Resurrection Life! In the Light of His Glory and Grace, shining before us to light the track, we no longer glimpse and hunger after that other racetrack... suddenly, it is so near and yet so very, very far away.
Praise the Name of Jesus... He is our Champion, Who initiates and perfects our faith along that racetrack. What a friend we have in Jesus. He is the Name above all names!

"Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for Whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death; if by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead." (Phil 3: 8-11)