If you are in Christ, you have been rescued! You have been set free, forgiven, and placed in the family of God. But being a Christian involves more than a “rescue operation.” There is a race to run, a purpose to fulfill! Take time to read 2 Timothy 1:8-9. Paul was writing Timothy and telling him, you are not only rescued because of His grace, but you were rescued in order that you might fulfill His purpose!
The glory of our salvation experience seem to outshine the glory of God’s original purpose in creating man. The rescue is actually the starting point of the race, not the finish line. Hebrews 12:1 says, “Let is throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked for us!”
I want to encourage you to carry this verse in your heart all day! In other words, write it on a piece of paper and stick it in your pocket or your purse. Read it over and over again. Ask God throughout the day, “What does this mean to me Lord?” What is your race that God has marked for you? What is your calling and purpose in life?
Lord, awaken our hearts! Forgive us when we are so consumed with our own needs, our problems, and our own projects. Wake up the hearts of your church! Help us to run the race that You have marked for us. Give us the endurance and the discipline we need to finish the race well! Philippians 3:13-14 says, “Forgetting what is behind and training towards what is ahead. I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
Run through the tape! Finish strong!