Welcome, from all of us at Christian Training Center International. Please join us today as we reflect on this meaningful insight from Susan Pons!
“You were running the race beautifully. Who cut in on you and stopped you from obeying the truth?” (Galatians 5:7 ISV).
We, at Christian Training Center, hope and pray you are having a wonderful day! I want to take just a few minutes of your time to share a few thoughts that happened this week.
So, it all began during our devotional time this week with our staff. As we were reading this scripture from Galatians 5:7, spirited memories filled my mind of days when three of our children ran cross country and track.
There are rules in racing as in all sports.You can be disqualified if you cut in front of a runner causing he or she to stumble or push someone over the boundary lines. We saw this happen more than once during their years of competitions. The onlooking crowd would boo and hiss at this kind of foul play. But, disqualification was up to the judges. Most of the time, the cheater was counted ineligible.
Obviously, there were competitive races being run in A.D. 49 and the Apostle Paul must have watched a few of them. How clever of him to turn this kind of contest into a spiritual issue!
Were there not more than a few of us who began our spiritual race beautifully?
- We were eating the best food. “Your words were found and I ate them” (Jeremiah 15:16 NASB).
- We were pacing ourselves. “This you know, my beloved brethren, but everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger” (James 1:19 NASB).
- We refused to let those old ways of life interfere with our training. “…put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires” (Ephesians 4:22 NIV).
- We learned the rules of following the Lord. “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matthew 22:37 KJV).
- We prepared ourselves mentally. “Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (I Peter 1:13 NASB).
- We kept our eye on the prize! “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14 NIV).
- We wore the right shoes and clothes. “And having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace” (Ephesians 6:15 NASB).
- We trusted our Coach. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5 NKJV).
- We learned how to be part of a team. “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets; some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers” (Ephesians 4:11 NKJV).
- We were determined to finish the race. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7 NKJV).
Sadly enough, our competitor, the Enemy, cut in on our race. Some stumbled…some stopped training…some were even knocked off the course. We were blindsided and became unaware of the Cheater’s schemes.
- We no longer ate the Word.
- We began to lose our stride.
- Our old life and its sinful ways began to outrun us.
- The rules of our New Life quit mattering to us.
- We lost our focus.
- The prize just didn’t seem that important anymore.
- Our outward attire lost its attractiveness.
- We no longer trusted our Coach and did not want to listen to Him anymore.
- The team (the Body of Christ) did not matter anymore.
- We lost our determination to finish the race.
But, God does not expect us to be those who give up! The book of Revelation gives us the victory by shouting, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death”.
The Apostle John gives us the context of this verse and it is where he “heard a loud voice in heaven saying, ‘Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God’ ” (Rev 12:10 RSV).
So, fellow team members, if necessary, let’s pick ourselves up, shake off the dust, find our lane, and finish the race. The team needs you!
by Susan Pons
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