I woke up with 5 words on my mind recently: ”The finish line is Jesus”
Consider the trials you are facing right now. You may have:
- Conflict on your job
- Challenge in your finances
- Struggles with your weight and/or emotional eating
It’s tempting to let doubt and anxiety overwhelm you: ”Will things ever change?”
And yet, as Christians, we can never forget that everything in this world is subject to change!
So everything you are facing right now is temporary. You are merely passing through this world. The finish line is Jesus.
In Him, you have everything you need for victory!
Hebrews 12:1-3 exhorts us:
“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.”Hebrews 12:1-3
Jesus finished His race well because He kept His focus on the rewards at the finish line.
- He saw you and I saved and reconciled to the Father.
- He saw us free of sins that bind us.
- He saw us enjoying abundant life in Him through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Love led Him to the cross and enabled Him to endure the agony of it. He died, was buried, and rose again on the third day to newness of life.
Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, we who believe in Him also arise to newness of life!
Do you see how beautiful this is?
We were Jesus’ finish line. Now He is ours.
So let us run our race in Him with diligence, laying aside every weight and sin that would hinder us.
Let us cast our cares on the Lord in prayer daily to clear stress or drama that can entangle us like a brier patch.
Let us fix our hearts on seeking God’s kingdom every day (righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit).
Let us develop faith for the finish so that we can hear the Lord say, ”Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your Lord!”
Look unto Jesus. He is our finish line!
Author of the Take Back Your Temple program
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