Tuesday, December 01, 2009
The Poem "The Race" is about a young man who has difficulties, falls three times, yet gets up and finishes the race. http://www.poemsonly.com/poems/iptherace.php
This poem epitomizes the struggle each of us goes thru in life. Even once we give our hearts and minds to Christ, we still struggle with the sins and habits we had before then. Yet, we have our own cheering section, the Lord Jesus Himself.
Several times in the Scriptures, we are instructed to run this race. Paul used the allegory several times, Romans 12:1 for example... "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." The Holy Bible : New International Version. electronic ed. Grand Rapids : Zondervan, 1996, c1984, S. Heb 12:1
Jesus, although God, became human so He could purchase us back from slavery to sin. Once we are born again, we are no longer slaves to sin. Even if we sin, we are owned by Christ, and He does not abandon us. Jesus is our advocate, and He intercedes for us at The Father's throne. He has purchased us, and by such a price!
So let us live in such a way as to bring glory to God, Our Father, and His Son Jesus Christ.