Run Your Race
By Erin Lamb
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith, who for the joy set before Him, endured the cross, scorning it’s shame and sat down at the right hand of the Father, Hebrews 12:2.
I keep pursuing the goal to win the prize of God’s heavenly call in the Messiah Jesus, Philippians 3:14.
Be happy with the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart, Psalm 37:4.
The words God keeps pressing into my heart are, “Keep your eyes on Me, believe in and through Me you can do anything, and be ready for Me to exceed your wildest dreams.” So many times we are focused on what other people are doing or what God is doing for them instead of fixing our eyes on Jesus. He has a purpose for each of us individually to be here. He wants us to find ourselves, our identity, our security, our hope, our life in Him before He blesses us with great things. I love the wisdom of Bill Johnson and he said something that I had to write down. He said, “Sometimes the call God has on your life is so great, sometimes the gifts He has for you are so significant, that He will not give them to you until your character is able to withstand the weight of them.” We see people who have things come to them easily and quickly, however I know from engineering that anything that is built without a strong foundation, considering the cost and upkeep, without wisdom, etc…comes tumbling down when the storms come.
God is making you into someone who looks like His Son. He will withhold nothing good from you. Are you willing to fix your eyes on Him? Not on stuff, not on relationships, not on the gifts, but on the gift giver. Is God alone enough?
What if Jesus had not spent 30 years being obedient to God and His parents, learning submission to authority before entering ministry? What if Jesus would have chosen His own way instead of God’s way? What would happen in our lives if we firmly fixed our eyes on the One who commands the winds and the waves to be still? What would happen if we were all so sold out to the work of the Kingdom that God’s agenda was our agenda? I believe we would change the world!
So my beautiful friends, may we fix our eyes on Jesus! May we run this race without looking to the left or to the right to see who is ahead, who is behind. May we find contentment in God alone, seeking His face and not just His hand. May we (you and I) transform the world because the greater One lives in us. We can do even greater things than Jesus, according to Him. Jesus modeled what one person could do who was rightly related to the Father (paraphrase of Bill Johnson). We are here to show the world what God is like. We can do that, if we fix our eyes on Him.
Have a beautiful, blessed, and amazing day. I carry you in my prayers and in my heart! You are deeply loved.
God is good…all the time and He has great (no amazing) plans for your life. ☺