Are You Running the Wrong Race

Sochi 2014
The Olympics are always amazing.   Years of preparation and training at its best and unlike the Super Bowl everyone in America is routing for the same team. Now tonight we just finished watching Speed Skating.  This is a sport that judging by the sizes of their legs you must apparently be able to squat an Elephant while standing on Knives.  In today’s race the Dutch Team swept the Bronze, Silver and Gold.  The craziest thing is the margin at which Gold and Silver was determined.  Michel Mulder beat out Jan Smeekens by .012 of a second.  Another way of saying it is only 1.2 Centiseconds.

To give you some perspective the Human Eye blinks at about a speed of 350 Milliseconds.   This means that you would not have the ability to even blink your eyes once to notice that time difference.  How can one even train for these crazy margins?  If one fraction of a mistake is made, boom you are out of the running, you are out of the race.  It does not matter how many years you have trained, how much your mom has supported you or the sponsors you have.  One mistake, just one and you are out and no one remembers your name

I could not help but think about the race we run in life.   We go through trials, and get stronger.  We season another tragedy, we get stronger.  We have small and big wins throughout the race but at the end the biggest race is still lost.  Yes…we die, the race ends and no matter how hard you try…you lose the race and there is nothing you can do about it because none of us are perfect.  One sin separates us from God.  Romans 3:25 is very clear that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

So why even try, why even bother racing if we are going to lose anyway?  I mean one mistake, one sin and we are separated from God and we lose the race.  Well good news….your running the wrong race.

Acts 20:24 say this ”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”

Jesus has already won the race of salvation and conquered death for all of us. He has already won the battle over our sins past and present.  Trying to do enough good in your life to counter the past is like running with horses….but that is not your race to run it is HIS and it is won.  Even more so there is nothing….Nothing in your past that can ever be made clean by your good deeds only by his love and sacrifice.

So during this Olympic season remember to run the correct race and that is the task to testify the good news of God’s grace to everyone who will hear it.  Much like the Olympics, everyone in heaven is rooting for you and God will never forget your name!

Faith and Forgiveness

Image In Luke chapter seven we see an amazing story of faith and forgiveness. There was a sinful woman of the city who heard that she could find Christ at the Pharisee’s home. As Jesus reclined here, the sinful woman approached him, and began to weep. As she wept at Christ’s feet, she cleansed His feet with her tears, and wiped them with her own hair. When His feet were clean, she anointed them with an entire alabaster flask of ointment.

Why is this significant?
To the Pharisee this was seen as a shameful act, and the woman, being a sinner, would have been rejected and sent away.

“When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”

Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”

“Tell me, teacher,” he said.

“Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii,[a] and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”
Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.”

“You have judged correctly,” ”

Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet.Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”

What can we take away from this passage?

1. We are only forgiven because of what Christ has done. He has taken away our debt and punishment through his atoneing sacrifice.

2.To be bold in the faith is to be counted as righteousness. Do not be afraid of the judgements of this world, but stand firm in the faith, knowing that the reward is great in Heaven.

3. Give everything you have to Him that provided it. The woman pours out her flask on His feet, which was probably worth a years wages. Would you be willing to give all that you have for Him?

So be thankful, firm, and unwavering in your faith. Christ has done the work. Live in the freedom that he has provided for you, and surrender it all unto Him!