Monday, October 5, 2009

.our race.

.our race.  Jedidiah yells out, "Hadassah lets race", and starts peddling as fast as he can.  What he really meant was, Hadassah I am going to beat you, just watch me.  Hadassah responds, "ok Jed".  And her little legs start to spin as quickly as they can go, her two extra wheels add drag, they slow her down, and yet she is happy to be included, to learn, to try.  She watches Jed beat her and delights in it anyway.  He included her and she learned what someday will be like for her, when she learns to balance and not rely on those two wheels.  She is happy, for now, just to "race" with her brother.  Her desire is not to win, but to be included. 
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God gives us a race to run too.  Our race is this life, and we need to live it in faith.  We have wheels too, ones that slow us down, ones that trip us up.  Just like Hadassahs wheels slow her down, the wheels we use as crutches in our life slow us down, our sins get in the way of running a good race.  Our wheels, our sins, our addictions, our bad choices - they slow us down.  We need to strip off that weight, get rid of those wheels, because they cause us to watch others from a far distance.  We need to get rid of our sin so that we have a fair chance at running the race God set before us, in order to finish strong.
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up.  And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us."
Hebrews 12:1
How do we get rid of our sins?  We keep our eyes on Jesus.  We learn from faithful servants of Christ.  We see what His followers are doing and we do the same.  We watch older brothers.  We learn to balance.  Hadassah will learn one day, soon, how to balance and not use those training wheels.  She will one day take them off her bike and be able to peddle faster then the speed she now goes.  Right now she is in the process of learning, she watches her brothers and longs to be like them.  We too, need to watch those who are faithful, we need to yearn to be like them, like Christ.  We need to focus on Him, who saves, and take off our sin so that we can peddle fast and be fully focused on Him.
"We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.  Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame.  Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God's throne."
Hebrews 12:2
At the same time Hadassah is learning, she is happy to be included to be shown how to be big.  She delights in learning how to be strong.  We too need to be happy that we are included, happy that we are all learning. We should be happy that God loves us where we are, included in his family. Thank you Jesus for being our perfect example. For loving us as we are. For teaching us to be like you.
"But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners."
Romans 5:8
I hope that you, and I, will see these wheels in our lives and learn to balance without them. To look ahead to those faithful servants and try to live the life Christ wants us to. To live the life of faith. .our race.

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