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)


April said...

Dearest Maddy:
Thank you for this post! It has blessed and uplifted me in His Life.
Continue writing for Him!

In Jesus;

Joy said...

Dear Maddy,
What a lovely post! Thank you for sharing it with us, it has truly blessed me today as well. Amen, may we run the race that is set before us... because Jesus our Champion has set the race for us, He has paid the price (oh, and what a price!)for our redemption! Praise His Holy Name!

And yes, like April said, Maddy, continue to write for His glory, and for the edification of the Lord's people!!!
Lots of love in Jesus,

Carra - a bondservant of Jesus said...

Dearest Maddy,
Oh thank you for this beautiful post. It truly blessed my spirit today, and lifted my eyes to the Lord. He is our Champion. What foe have we to fear? Amen. The Lord Jesus is so Good. I know we can trust in Him.

When the way seems dark and dreary, even if it's bright, He is truly always in us, and near us. We must put our faith in our Master, and trust Him. He knows all things, what we cannot understand. Praise His Holy Name.
Love your sister in Christ Jesus,

Sarah said...

Dear Maddy,
Thank you very much for sharing this. It is very encouraging, uplifting, and full of exhortation to run the race set before us no matter how difficult or dark it is. May He give us the grace to persevere and lose hope.
He has given His own precious blood and He is the Captain of our Salvation - Jesus Christ our Lord.

Praise His name forever, Amen!
God Bless,

Maddy said...

Dearest April,

Thank you for this encouragement, dear sister. I also am very blessed to hear of your journey with the Lord, through your writing. And I love the changes He has shown you to make on your blog! Please, also, continue writing for Him! :)

Much love


Maddy said...

Dear Joy,

It was lovely to hear from you today, sister. Yes, He has paid this great price for us that we may run the race... oh, what an incredible, beautiful gift this is. May His Name be praised throughout the whole earth.
Thank you, dear Joy, and I pray that you also continue writing for His glory. It is a blessing to witness your life in Jesus... all praise to Him.

Lots of love in Him,


Maddy said...

Dearest Carra,

I'm thankful to the Lord that you were blessed by this post, to uplift your eyes and heart to Him! Thank you for sharing this, dear sister. Yes, He is our Champion! This was a precious reminder, that He is always with us through every leg of the journey... in fact, it is only in Him that we can go on that journey, isn't it! May we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. He is our Hope and our Salvation, and may His Name be praised and blessed and magnified. I praise the Lord to know you and other sisters who have heeded His call! May He bless you, dear Carra.

Much love from your sister,


Maddy said...

Dear Sarah,

Amen. May He give us the grace to "run the race with endurance". All praise to Jesus, Who is indeed the Captain of our Salvation, our Lord. May we look unto Him... may our lives be "hidden in Christ".

With love from your sister, and thank you for sharing in this wonderful truth Sarah!


ShazInOzCardsCalligraphy said...

"Wherefore seeing we are also encompassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, (refers back to Hebrews 11 and saints who have gone on before us) let lay aside every weight and the sin that doth so easily beset and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.
Looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our Faith. For consider Him, lest ye grow weary and faint in your minds .. Hebrews 12:1-3 part of my life verses... and yes have chosen it to remind me o look to LORD as I run this race and not at self or others.
Thanks for this post Maddy great to remember and blessing to read...
And what blessing that " He is the Author and the Finisher of of our faith" - for "He who ha h begun the good work in us will continue it until the day of Jesus Christ" - amen and amen! Love in Christ,