However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.
Acts 20:24 NIV
Finishing the Race
The Calgary Marathon was first held on Aug. 10, 1963, making it the oldest continually run marathon in Canada. When it started, the race only had 19 participants. According to 80-year-old Bill Wylie, the original co-race director “You might’ve gotten a ribbon when you crossed the finish line. The next year, Calgary hosted the Canadian Championships and the Canadian government flew in the best runners for the Olympic time trials. Things were starting to happen — we had 30 participants that year.”
It has been said that life is a marathon, not a sprint. If this is the case in all of life, it is certainly the case in the Christian life. God is preparing us for eternity, and we are called to live consistently for Jesus every day until He calls us home and into His presence. The apostle Paul understood this and uses the marathon analogy in Acts 20:24: “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me – the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” Paul has a goal in mind – to finish strong in this life so that he can enter eternity with victory. God had given him a task – to be the apostle to the Gentiles – and Paul was committed to that task until he died. God has a task for each of us, as well. Like Paul, we need to keep our eyes on the goal – to be faithful to that task, that calling to the end of our lives. Run the race of faith today and every day with your eyes on the finish line.
These have been words from the heart.