Wednesday, September 14, 2011

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Let Us Run!

By: Bethany Rose S. | Part 2
Friends running at the Scottish Highland Games

Chariots of Fire!

In this race, we must run our best.  There should be no wimpy runners!  We are must try hard to overcome the difficulties, trials, and sins that we will encounter.  If you have ever seen the film “Chariots of Fire”, then you might be able to see some comparisons with what I have said.  Eric Liddell, a mighty man of God and gifted Scottish runner, is who the movie is really all about.  In one scene, it shows Eric Liddell after a race he has just won.  It is raining and Eric is on a little stand speaking to a sea of umbrellas.  In his thick Scottish accent, this is what he tells his listeners: “I want to you to do more than just watch a race; I want you to take part in it.  I want to compare faith to running in the race.  It’s hard.  It requires concentration of will; energy of soul.  You experience elation when the winner breaks the tape… now how long does that last?  You go home.  Maybe your dinner’s burnt.  Maybe you don’t have a job.  So who am I to say believe, have faith in the face of lives’ realities?  I would like to give you something more prominent; but I can only point the way.  I have no formula for winning the race—everyone runs in their own way… and where does the power come from to see the race to its end?  From within.  Jesus said, “Behold, a Kingdom of God is within you.  If, with all your hearts ye truly seek me, ye shall ever truly find me.”  If you commit yourself to the love of Christ, than that is how you run the straight race.”

Where Are You Running?

Do you really know where you’re going?  Are you running the right way?  You will either be running one of two ways; to heaven or to hell.  If you have not confessed your sins, if you have not repented from your wickedness, if you have not been saved through the blood of Christ, then you are running straight to hell.  Don’t let this be you!  Repent from your sins, turn to Jesus, let His atoning blood cleanse you from all sin—then, only then, will you be running to heaven.  My friend, this is no light matter.  “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith.” (2 Corinthians 13:5a) and make sure that you are really saved.  Don’t think that since you are from a Christian family, just because you go to church every week, or that you’re a “good person” that that will save you!  It will not!!!  It is only Christ’s blood that can save you!  Find out today, which way you are running.

Relaxing after the race :)

Victory in Jesus!

The flesh can only be overcome through the Spirit.  The race can only be won through God’s power.  Even though we might loose a battle here and there, we will have our victory in Jesus because through Him, we will win!

Let Us Run!

As I bring this article to a close, I want to encourage each of my fellow runners to run this race and run it well.  When we come to the end of this race, we will receive a crown of glory.   We want to hear God say to us, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” (Matthew 25:21).  In 1 Corinthians 9:22-23 it says, “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.  And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.”  Will you receive that crown?  Are you running the race?  Now is the time to start!

Marty Goetz, one of my favorite Christian music artists, wrote a song about running our race.  Here are verses 1 and 2, the bridge, and chorus:

Can you see how we are surrounded,

By so great a cloud of witnesses?

Those who paid the price,

The supreme sacrifice.

Those of whom this world was not worthy.

And do you see now we are entrusted,

With continuing what others started?

They have passed the baton,

Straight and fast, till we’ve won.

We will run to Him who is holy.

Oh, and yes, there are some who have stumbled, fallen;

God only knows I am one!

Still I pressed on the goal for the Lord who is callin’ me.

He’s gone before; He’s my reward when I am done!

Let us run, run!  Run the race with endurance,

Laying aside every weight casting aside every sin.

Let us run, run!  Fixing our eyes on the Son!

Looking to Him finishing what we’ve begun…

Let us run!!!

Bethany is 17 years old she loves spending time with her family and playing violin.  This year she enjoyed competing for the first time in a Scottish Fiddle Competition.

This article was orinagally published in the
Volume 7, Issue 2.
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