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Pastor's note for November 2014

Posted on Sat, Nov 1, 2014

Transforming Feet to Run

Transforming Feet to Run

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Hebrews 12:1-2

 

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or anyone who has ever run a race, they would probably agree that most of us with, and some without, feet can run; however, the desire, speed, distance, and purpose with which one runs are entirely different matters. On one hand (or foot) it may be enough for believers in Christ to simply know you can run with desire, speed, distance, and purpose. On the other hand (or foot), followers of Christ must follow through on that knowledge and actually run.  The apostle James reinforced this idea by pointing out to the “twelve tribes of Israel scattered abroad” (James 1:1), that simply believing you can run is equivalent to “dead faith”. However, a live, demonstrative, purposeful, and deliberate act of faith makes that person’s faith alive.  (James 2:14-20)  Routine runners may also point to one of the most difficult parts of running as the start. Just getting out of bed to run may be more difficult than actually running or training for a race.  We may all have the intention and desire to run, but our mind has an uncanny way of overruling and convincing us that we can either run later or another time.  Overcoming our mind, will, emotions, and physical challenges will be essential for running this race as followers of Christ.  The measure of faith (Romans 12:3) allotted to each of us will likely determine what kind of runner we will be.  Our measure of faith may determine our level of desire, speed, distance, and purpose we each afford to the race of life.  In this race, very few sprinters are called to run.  The vast majority of us will be distance runners who will live many years. This race was described by Solomon when he offered this observation: “The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong.” (Ecclesiastes 9:11)  Life’s twists and turns can make even the shortest of distances seem overwhelming; but that’s when and where we must overcome. John captured this in the book of Revelation (3:5)

He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels

We can’t simply run because someone is telling us to; we shouldn’t simply run because we feel obligated to; we ought not to simply run because someone else is or is not running.  We must run as we are following the direction(s) of the nail scarred hands of Jesus Christ.  It’s this image that moves followers to get out of bed, have their “feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace” (Ephesians 6:15) and run with perseverance, or as Christian radio minister, Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer, titles it, “Running to win!”  As we press towards the prize and our high calling (Philippians 3:14), let’s yield to the Holy Spirit’s transformation of our dedicated believer’s-feet to committed followers of the Christ.

 

Many Blessings,

Pastor Ron Brown

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