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“Finish The Race”




The beginning of the race was an easy race for both runners. It was very flat, with no hills or obstacles to overcome. They both continued to run together until they came to the (foothill of a huge mountain). The both stopped wondering what to do next? They were not expecting this! They could not see what was beyond the mountains, so they asked some people in the nearby town, what lies beyond those mountains?

They said, "You don’t want to go over those mountains. That is why we are here. There are dangerous fast moving rivers to cross, and beyond that the snakes and gators in the swamps, and even further then that the desert and the 'wilderness'. Don’t go any further, but stay here and live with us. There is plenty of work here, the weather is great and we even have a 'new' Church here."

The one runner said, "The country is beautiful, and there are plenty of rivers for fishing, good weather and plenty of work. It looks like a nice place to raise a family, build a house, to work and live."

So he stopped there and did not go any further.




The other runner looked up at those high mountains, there he suddenly remembered what the master had said to him (just before they both left), "The master did tell me it would be difficult at times (suffering, persecution, trouble, hardships, dangers and being misunderstood)."
"There would be ups and downs, climbing hills and mountains, walking through rivers, swamps, deserts and the wilderness."
At times this runner would walk through 'the valley of the shadow of death', but would fear no evil, because he knew the Master would be there leading and guiding him every step of the way. (1)
“For His word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (to keep me from stumbling). (2)
Then he also remembered the master saying, "At the end of the race is a prize of (gold, silver, and precious stones) not wood, hay, or stubble." (3)
It had been relatively easy up to this point, but he pondered "Do I really want to go on? It would be much easier just to stay here."
Then he thought, “If I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me, (4) then I would not run like a man running aimlessly, but I would run straight to the goal with the purpose of finishing." (5)
He was carrying a heavy pack of 'extra' things that he did not need, so he decided to throw away anything he did not need, because it would slow him down from running a good race.
"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," (6)
"Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead." (7).
I strain to reach the end of the race. At the end of this race he said, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course (or race), I have kept the faith.” (8)
At the end of your race. will you be able to say, “I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course (the race God had for me). I have kept the Faith.”

Now, do not stop, do not quit, “Finish the race.”

Scripture references:

(2) Psalms 119:105

(3) I Corinthians 3:12

(4) Acts 20:24

(5) I Corinthians 9:26
(6) Hebrews 12:1

(7) Philippians 3:13-14

(8) II Timothy 4:7