Training for the Race

It would be foolish to try to win a race without training. It is even more essential for a Christian running in the race of life. We need to learn ways to win. We need to know what might hinder our run. We must remember to focus on the goal. We have a Training Manual: “God’s Holy Word!” Paul’s inspired charge to Timothy also applies to our race: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.” The more training we receive from the “Manual” the better we will run the race. We even have a “Coach!” He explains the rules, principles, guidelines, and how they help us run to win. In John 16:13, John tells us about Him: “Howbeit when He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will guide you into all Truth.” It boils down to this: Trying to “run the race” our way, instead of God’s way, means that we won’t reach the goal. Martin E Leckebusch, in his hymn, “Ahead of Us, A Race to Run,” shares the way to win: “Ahead of us, a race to run; we fix our eyes on God the Son – so looking at the past no more, forgetting what has gone before, with eager diligence we train as for the prize ahead we strain, until at last our course is done. He calls us now to run the race, the path we tread, the way of grace – discarding every weight and load to speed our way along the road; and though the journey may be long, the grace of God will keep us strong until we stand before His face.” Selah! Going by the “Book” will bring us over the “finish line.” Not going by the “Book,” we’ll not make the “finish line.” If you haven’t received Jesus as your Savior and Lord, you haven’t come to the “starting line!”    Ron

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