Track stars are known for their discipline, endurance, and confidence in whatever they do. Those who train regularly usually receive a prize after a competition to show that their hard work paid off. Likewise, the Christian is called to run strong for Jesus. Our strength, of course, comes from the Holy Spirit that resides in every believer. The Spirit aids us everyday, but let us be mindful not to quench our Comforter by sin. We all can evade stamping out the Holy Spirit’s power by confessing our sins quickly, prayer, and submitting ourselves to God in everything.
As most things are, it takes diligence and the will to allow God to do as he please in our living. Forge the term “allow”, as if we mere dust, can hold back God from doing anything. However, we can ignore what He has for us if we are unwilling to be willing to surrender. Running strong for Jesus also means our commitment to daily Bible reading. A constant presence of the Word of God sets up the Christian to bare hard times and good times as well.
God’s word brings us up out of the pits of sorrow, the valleys of uneasiness, the slums of indecision, and the ghettoes of worry. We are prone to fall as each of us travels along life’s unpredictable road. The Bible reminds us that Christ is our righteousness, our love, our sanctifier, and our Master who loved us even when we hated Him. When we are sprinting gallantly through life in the high times of blessing, the Holy Writ holds us back from that mother of sin—pride. None of us should ever think that we cannot stumble; for God resist the proud but gives grace to the humble. So let us walk, or should I write, run humbly with our God; reading His word, talking to Him, and fixing our hearts and minds on the only Savior of mankind—Christ Jesus. Amen.