Have you ever noticed that there is no prize for starting,
the only reward is for the one that finishes the race (1Cor 9:24)? At the end
of his life for Christ Paul could say: “I have fought the good fight, I have
finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2Tim 4:7; NKJV) and he eagerly
looked forward to his heavenly reward.
Paul paints a picture for us of the heavenly hosts cheering
us on. “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, looking unto
Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set
before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the
right hand of the throne of God” (Heb 12:1-2; NKJV).
As we look back at all the amazing men and women of God who
have gone before us, we should be encouraged to focus on Jesus and put aside
all the distractions and sins to serve Him on this earth. We need the same
heavenly focus that Jesus had and need to know that we don’t run in our own
strength but His (Phil 2:13; Phil 4:13). Paul exhorted us to press on, lay hold
of all God has for us and be disciplined (Phil 3:12-14; 1Cor 9:25).
We are Gods salt and light in this World (Matt 5:13-14), He
wants to work through us, to bless us in our earthly journey (Eph 3:20) and to
bring us to that eternal reward in Heaven!!! Let's cooperate and press in; the
rewards are great and the journey amazing!!! Pass this on!