The Final Push

Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:  “For yet a little while, And He who is coming will come and will not tarry.  Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.”  But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul. Hebrews 10:35-39 (NKJV)

I remember when I used to train for racing off-road.  I would do various workouts early in the morning, consisting of cardio, weights, and then after work, I would ride my motorcycle each day until I had run through a tank of gas.  When I would get tired and want to quit, I would imagine within my mind, being on my bike within the final few miles of a race. I would envision my competitor very close to me, and us racing side-by-side.  I would push myself to finish my workout as strong as possible, because some day it may work out to be the difference in winning or simply finishing. 

Well, as it turned out, there were times when it definitely made the difference in both winning and finishing races.  I remember pushing hard all the way to the finish and narrowly winning, and I remember pushing just as hard, soldiering through silt beds in the wee hours of the morning, when others had quit, just so I could officially finish the race.  Now, there are some people who would say, if you’re not winning, then your losing, but I don’t agree with this type of thinking.  To me, simply being in the race qualifies you as a winner, and before you can ever take a trophy, you must first finish—so finishing is tops in my book of success.   And I have many friends who have amazing stories of success in racing, who would share this same philosophy, and who have been out in those same grueling silt beds—they too, have experienced the final push.

The way I see it, our entire Christian walk is like a race in itself—each life has a uniquely different course, and yet many sections of our own racecourse will intertwine and overlap with those of others.  The race officially starts when we make our profession of faith, and the enemy is quick to test our abilities out on the course.   Thankfully, God is faithful to empower and safely navigate us through any obstacles we may encounter—He will not allow us to go through more than we can bear (1 Cor. 10:13).  There will be times when we think otherwise, and we will probably be tempted to quit the race during these times.  Therefore, I believe it is precisely these times we must be prepared for, because our preparation will make all the difference when we are faced with this choice. 

I personally believe we are in the final days of mankind here on this earth.   But I also believe God has chosen each of us to be a part of this section of the racecourse at this specific time.  The enemy is definitely going to throw down some nasty obstacles, and he is betting there will be a DNF (Did not Finish) next to our name when the race is over.  God knows otherwise, and He will faithfully send in His divine pit crew, consisting of His angels, and fellow racers who will actually help us make it to the next pit stop. And then we will be off and racing again—making the final push to the finish line.   

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, Hebrews 12:1 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you today to remember we are already winners because of our relationship with Jesus.  Our trophy (Crown of life) is waiting for us at the finish line.  Let’s be faithful to finish well, and to look for opportunities to help others who are still out on the course.

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained within this devotional, what can we learn about our Christian walk?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: If you were to look at your walk with God as a race, would you say you’re prepared to run a race of endurance, all the way to the finish line?

APPLICATION: Let’s keep our eyes on the Author and finisher of our faith, upon the finish line, and upon the prize of eternal life.

LET’S PRAY:  Father, thank You for helping us to complete our journey and our race.  Thank You for giving us everything we need to finish strong.  Help us to see the opportunities to help others when they are in need.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

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