Running the race



1 Corinthians 9:24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain,

* Just as a runner strips himself of extra weight in order to win, so too must the Christian.

Wouldn't it look strange to see a runner tied to a chair, dragging it behind himself? I doubt very seriously that he would win the race.

Each January is the start of a  new year for you and I;  yesterday ( the past year ) is over, we cannot live in our past and dwell on our past sins, failures or accomplishments; doing so, only hinders our race for the new year.

Hebrews 12:1 …let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

* There are many who carry the burdens of their yesterdays: broken homes, hearts and lives, unfulfilled dreams, past sins, accomplishments and failures. Beloved, there is good news; we can cast our burdens upon the Lord and start afresh. Hallelujah!

Our blessed Savior said:

Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Philippians 3:13-14 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14. I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

* Apostle Paul had learned to forget his yesterdays and press on toward the high calling of God. Before his conversion Paul had been a persecutor of the church, imagine how Satan must have fought against him by reminding him of his past. ( Acts 9:1-3 Galatians 1:13 1 Timothy 1:13 )

Matthew 6:34 "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.(NKJ)

* The past and worrying about our tomorrows will hinder our todays for the Lord Jesus Christ. Let us not carry our past and the burdens of tomorrow, for God is the God of yesterday, today and tomorrow.

May we all be able to say with our brother, Apostle Paul:

2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

The Lord watch over you, keep you and bless you!

In Christ's Service 
E.L. Davis