Devotional: ‘The Race God Has Given to Us’

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Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us…

I have often wondered if perhaps God has a special race for each of us to run. Though many parts of my race may be similar to yours, I believe also that God has a special course cut out just for Terry Covey. I say this for a couple of reasons.

1) Opportunities to Faithfully Serve

Jesus told a very important parable in Matthew 25-

Matthew 25:14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. 15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.

Notice that the master entrusted to each servant a certain portion of his property according to – THAT SERVANT’S UNIQUE ABILITY. The reference to the various amounts may indicate that one servant had the ability to manage more than the others, or that he had the ability to manage something different from the others. Each of us is a unique creation of God, made to serve God in our own unique way.

2) Opportunities to Faithfully Suffer

In addition to the opportunities to faithfully serve are also the opportunities to faithfully suffer. The Greek word for ‘race’ is {agon}, from which we get the English word – ‘agony.’ Sometimes the Christian life can be very joyful; yet at other times it can be pure agony. Sometimes running our race is faithfully enduring a time of suffering.

It is for that reason James tells us – “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: (trials, testings, adversity), for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.” (James 1:12) Scripture tells us that there is a special crown for those who faithfully endure the trials in their life. Rather than quitting the race, they continue to run until they meet their Savior.

The maximum time allowed for someone to complete the IRONMAN Triathlon is 17 hours. The world record is just a little over 8 hours. Most of those who compete in this great test of endurance never expect to set a new world record. For them, victory is simply completing the race within the allotted time.

The question is not – “Will we finish first?” The question is – “Will we finish?” Will we run our race with endurance, or will we succumb to the temptation to quit? I pray that each of us will run with steadfastness and that one day we will hear our Savior say – “Well done thou good and faithful servant.’

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