(Post submitted by Robyn Kennaugh)
The Christian life isn’t about standing by as a spectator; rather, we are all encouraged to be participators. Each of us has an individual course mapped out that only we can run. I can’t run yours and you can’t run mine. In everyday life, there are the ‘super sprinters’ and the ‘persistent plodders’; but in our spiritual life, God is looking for some “FAITHFUL FINISHERS.”
He never mentions that we should finish in record time. He just encourages us through these verses in Hebrews to strip down to the basics, to lay aside anything that would hold us back and to concentrate on crossing the finish line.
Fasting means laying aside things that take up our attention and energy under normal circumstances and focusing on things that God thinks are most important for our spiritual and physical health.
This periodic commitment helps us stay on course to finish our race strong. Remember that doing without something for a short while can help us see something far more important that will last for a long time, for all eternity.
Paul says in Philippians that he didn’t have it all together but he had his eye on the prize; his heart was set on hearing not the adulation of the crowd around him but the applause of heaven and the words of Jesus, “well done, good and faithful servant.”
So if we get despondent while running our race, we should remember Jesus – he didn’t let any hostility or opposition cause him to give up on his mission here… to save you and me.
God, you are so awesome to have a race marked out especially for me. I am thankful for this journey no matter how difficult it seems at times to stay on course. Give me strength to run my race well. Give me vision for my future so that I can run with purpose and passion. Help me to remain faithful at all times. In Jesus’ mighty name, Amen.