|Today’s Scripture: Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown but we an incorruptible. 1 Corinthians 9:24-25|
|What does it feel like when you are crossing the finish line of a marathon? I for one have never done it…so I asked some members of our church who had accomplished that heroic task what the euphoria of the finish line felt like. The responses varied – most of them were very comical and somehow inspirational at the same time.
One of our pastors shared: “It feels amazing to finish. At one point I was running much of the distance by myself. Running through the woods for a long span of time with no one around can play tricks on your brain and do some crazy things with your will-power. It was hard for me to keep my momentum on my own. Then, I rounded the corner of that last stretch and saw my kids on the side cheering, ‘Go dad!’ At that point, it became easy to keep running. I was excited for them to see me finish.”
One of our college guys added, “All I could think about were burgers…I could just smell them! It was the only thing I wanted when I finished, and I couldn’t really think about anything else. As far as stamina goes, I was fine until about mile 22. That’s when I couldn’t really feel my legs anymore. But it did feel awesome to finish. It was time for some long-awaited burgers!”
As Charles H. Spurgeon encouraged, “What was begun with so much heroism ought to be continued with ardent zeal, since we are assured that the same Lord is mighty still to carry on His heavenly designs.”
The same Lord who helped the apostle Paul, Stephen, Joshua, Elijah and Joseph to finish the race is the same Redeemer Who helps us today. By His grace, each one of those heroes of the faith crossed the finish line having given their all for Christ. There is nothing better than to know that you fought the good fight, you ran the race and you kept the faith. Someday, you, too, will experience the euphoria of the heavenly finish line. Don’t let anything get in the way of finishing strong! Keep that finish line in view and press on!
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.