This Month's Promise

“... Christ... was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures...”

- (I Corinthians 15:3,4)

Read: Hebrews 12: 1-2


“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus .” (Philippians 3: 14)

In Hebrews 12: 1 we read of a race. The word “race” is the Greek word “agona” which was a race of pain and strain such as the Marathon race. This race in Hebrews may have been a relay race. The witnesses mentioned in this verse include those who have run the race before us and have passed the baton of gospel to us to see how we will run the race. If we are to finish the race we should remove anything that would hinder us from running race. We are to lay aside every weight. This word “weight” is “ogkon” which means bulk of body or fat, in other words, over-confidence, pride and arrogance. Verse 1 says, “Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.” If a runner wears a long garment, it would get entangled between his legs. Just as these things slow down the runner in his race, so our sins such as pride, addictions, temper or tongue hinder us and slow our progress, Verse 2 says, “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.” In the Roman games, the runners would keep their eyes on the judge who would be mostly in the finishing line. While running the race for the Lord Jesus Christ, our eyes should be on our path and the finish line. Looking behind delays our race, because it breaks our stride and we could stumble and fall. We are to keep looking forward at Christ. Christ is the Author of our faith. He is the Originator, Pioneer, Example, Leader, Prince or Captain. As the athlete strives to please the coach, so we should strive to please the Lord. And He is the Finisher of our faith. When He was hanging on the Cross He uttered “It is finished”. It was a shout of victory. He fulfilled the mission for which He came to this world. Our desire should be to hear from Him : “Well done, you good and faithful servant.”

Dear friends, let our eyes be away from all distractions looking only at Jesus. Let us forget what is behind and go forward. Let us press on toward the goal to win the prize for which Christ has called us heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3: 13-14)

PRAYER:  Heavenly Father, I am running a strenuous, long race. Many witnesses are watching me how I run. Let me please You, the Leader. Let me lay aside all that is burdensome and look at You, the Judge who is at the finishing line. Let me win the prize for which You have called me. Amen.