The Unfinished Life Perseveres, Doesn’t Quit - Day 1

Opening Prayer: 

Lord, let me ALWAYS be aware of the life I live before the world around me. Let me be especially aware of which testimony of my life this lost world sees. Let me never be discouraged or ashamed for being a child of God and NEVER let me quit serving you, Lord. In the name of Jesus, Amen. 

Read: Hebrews 12:1 NIV

12 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”

 

Reflect: 

What sense would it make for a marathon runner to tie a couple tractor tires together with a rope and try to drag them behind him during his/her race? What sense would it make to strap on a back-pack, weighted vest, or heavy work boots? What sense would it make to take advise from a javelin thrower, shot putter, or 100-meter sprinter? Obviously, none of these things would make sense – in fact all these things would be highly counterproductive. At best, the runner might complete their race, but more than likely they would eventually fail.

If you’ve made the decision to be a Christ follower, your “race” is to know God and let him be known. That being the case, what sense does it make for you to never spend time in prayer or have quiet time with God? What sense does it make for you to continue living as you did before you met Jesus….hanging with the same crowd, going to the same places, doing the same things? Obviously, none of these things make sense.  In fact, all these things are highly counterproductive in the life of a Christian. As with the example above, you might finish your race, but more than likely you will eventually fail.

Apply: 

If you’re a Christian, do the things you’re commanded to do – don’t be distracted by “the bad actors” of the world and let go of your sinful past. In Christ, you are a new creation. 2 Cor 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here!” Allow who you are in Christ empower you to let go, or at least cut back, anything that slows you down, diverts your attention, drains your energy, or dampens your enthusiasm for the things of God. Let go of anything that slows your pursuit of your Heavenly Father. Maybe for you it’s Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, TV, going to the gym, video games, etc. Maybe you need to look at who you’re in company with. Anything that’s a distraction, anything that slows or hinders your faithful walk with Jesus needs to go.

 

Closing Prayer: 

Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus, I ask for strength and courage to rid my life of the things that get in the way of my relationship with you. Empower me to be someone that reflects YOU in a very broken world. Let me live like the Saints that came before me. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

 

Terry Schneider