On the last stretch of the Olympic Games, I have been watching many a valiant player after another give their unconditional all to claim their gold medal of prestigious victory. I have to say watching these magnificent athletes brings admiration and determination into my spirit not to give up when it comes to winning my own race in life.
No, I am not a running champion, and I have never won a single trophy running, swimming or playing any sport. I have never beheld a crowd of spectators so engrossed in my performance, nor have I disciplined my body to adhere to such stretching and endurance as these athletes have proven time and time again. Yet, in the foreground I can hear something that perhaps many a spectator cannot. I can hear the cheers of a thousand voices beckoning for me not to give up the race of faith. To some of you, that will be reason enough to contact a psychiatrist, and for others, it will mean a warning is coming my way telling me that I need to slow down a bit, take some time off, and regroup.
Before you begin jumping to conclusions, let me share something very real with you. In Hebrews 12:1-3 we read, “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, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
The church today is guilty of winning others to Christ, however, when the sinner finds his way and becomes a bit more excited than accepted, we find a way to get them to slow down, or even sit down. I have seen it over and over again, and I have heard the statement, “Oh, they just got born again…., they’ll settle down, don’t worry.” Seriously?? When you witness a new believer on fire for the Lord, is your response like that above? Perhaps you started your spiritual race only to decide later on to sit down, and now the new believer’s actions are somewhat embarrassing to you because they have energy, passion and purpose and you have, well--- a comfy seat.
If you are intimidated or possess a spirit of discouragement, you might be guilty of saying to these new believers, “Ready, set, sit down!” The other day I was out with a girlfriend of mine and she stated, “You’re a stirrer upper---you get people moving in the right direction.” I don’t know, sometimes my passion for the lost, or my zeal for the Lord appears a bit foolish to a bystander, but I have decided that I would rather be a fool for the Lord any day, than to sit still and watch the world around me die a horrible death when I have been given the answer to eternal life.
1 Corinthians 1: 27 says, “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.”
So, whether I am foolish, weak or any other adjective that you can conjure up to insult my passion, I can say this, I am a woman of determination and one that has heard the prophetic call of those who have gone ahead of me, cheering me on as I run this race of faith for the prize--as I have the last (36) years of my life. Not one of them is telling me to sit down. If any deserves a gold medal ---it's Jesus for never ceasing to run the race that led Him to a cruel cross.
So be forewarned, as long as I am able to hear that great cloud of witnesses call out and encourage, I will continue running my race of faith while picking up those who fall in front of me. So, if you are in your comfy chair, you can stay there; but if you want to run a race that has rewards that are out of this world---come along with me!
About the Author
Jane Morin is an international speaker, worship leader, Bible teacher, and award-winning author. Her latest re-release, The Weapons Of Our Warfare is now available on Kindle Books! Learn how to fight the "fight of faith" effectively and snatch up your copy today!