Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Running the right race

Day 37 (12 Sept 2017, Tuesday)



What is the lifestyle and actions of one who is eagerly anticipating the blessed hope? Hebrews 12:1-3 clearly tells us:
To throw off everything that hinders us (especially sin),
To run with perseverance the race marked out for us, and,
To fix our eyes on Jesus.

The above exhortation was written in the light of the blessed hope (Hebrews 11:13-16; 39-40).  The first and last are easily understood, but what is the race marked out for us?  We must know this race lest we run to the end and find that we ran the wrong race.

Thankfully, we can see the end of the race:  Revelation 7:9-17. Here, we catch a glimpse of what the realization of the blessed hope will look like - God is worshipped in heaven by the angels, the 24 elders and the four living creatures and a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language.  This multitude of people is the fulfilment of Jesus’ Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).

Therefore, the race marked out for us is the Great Commission.  Apostle Paul affirms this in Acts 20:24, “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me - the task of testifying to the Gospel of God’s grace.”
Everything that you - your lifestyle and actions - should be in persevering obedience to the Great Commission.  Is it?  Are running the right race?

Pray for Christians to remain strong in challenging times  

Pray that Christians in Malaysia will have a heart that is steadfast in the faith even in the tough and trying times of our nation.
Pray for a resolve to face whatever challenges that may come along our way with a persevering and joyous attitude.

Pray that we may fully understand the call of our Lord Jesus Christ when He asks us take up our cross and follow Him faithfully even though if may cost us greatly at times.

Let us pray and look beyond our personal preservation and start looking towards the purposes of God and the work of His Kingdom in our land.
Pray that we will pursue this calling over and above our own needs of comfort and safety.




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