Words from the Heart for Wednesday August 25th, 2021
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)
Finish the Race
Back in 1921, Canada was a nation struggling with post-war inflation, labour unrest and unemployment. That year five men set out to hike from Halifax to Vancouver. The 3,645-mile hike was a welcome distraction. Daily reports from the competitors, who followed the CPR tracks, ran in newspapers across the country, and it wasn`t long before the entire nation was caught up in the daily drama of the five hikers. They drew big crowds wherever they settled for the night or shared a meal with locals.
Most of us watched at least some of the recent summer Olympics. The athleticism of these world class athletes never ceases to amaze me. They prepare for years to reach the pinnacle of their sport – there is no greater athletic show on earth than the Olympic games. The ancient Olympics were held regularly during the years Jesus lived, and the books of the New Testament were being written, so it shouldn’t surprise us that the Biblical authors would use them as examples of the Christian life. The apostle Paul had been traveling through Greece and Asia Minor when he wrote these words 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 understood the grueling regimen that was needed to complete a marathon. He says his goal is to put as much effort into completing successfully the task God had called him to. As followers of Jesus, God has called us to just such a commitment. How can you insure you finish the race God has set you on?
These have been words from the heart.