Day 193 – Compete to Complete
On: May 12, 2015 | By: SWLadmin
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“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’ “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king.Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. Luke 14:28-32
Having made clear that His disciples would find themselves called to hard places, just as He was, Jesus now looks us in the eye and asks: “If you start, can you finish?”
Paul likens this to a race: I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me – the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. Acts 20:24
The author of Hebrews ups the ante even further: Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Hebrews 12:1
How I get on in my Christian walk is not a private matter. It is being witnessed not just by those who encounter me day by day, but by a celestial stadium full of my forerunners who, having crossed the line themselves, have now slipped on their track suits and are watching how I am getting on. Yikes!
How can I muster the energy to keep running? How do I equip myself not just to compete, but to complete? Back to Hebrews – the very next verse. We do this by: … fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:2-3
The power to compete; the resources to complete, come from Him who led the way. By fixing my eyes on Him – in studying and reflecting on His Word, His life, His example, and praying that He might live in and through me – I am able to walk the walk as well as talk the talk. We grow fit for service not in the gym, but on our knees.
Lord Jesus, I fix my eyes on You today, that I might not grow weary or lose heart, but run my race with joy and confidence. Amen.