Athletes focus and set their mind on finishing well. During preparation, they discipline themselves in many ways so as to look fit. The Christian life is akin to that of an athlete.

Apostle Paul in writing to the church in Philippi about the need to press forward in faith used the metaphor of preparation in the ancient Olympic race course which had been on for about five centuries before Christ. Don’t look back is the timeless rule for every runner in a race. Jesus Christ Himself echoed it: Remember Lot’s wife (Luke 17:32). Anyone who looks back is not fit for God’s kingdom – Luke 9:62, 1 Corinthians 9:24-26.

From the moment we give our life to Christ, we begin a relationship and a journey that will ultimately end joyfully at the presence of God in heaven (Revelation 21:1-4). Many things happen along the way to deter us but grace has been made available to us to overcome (Hebrews 4:16).

Inspite of what might be our noble and ignoble past – achievements, triumphs, trials, hurts, mistakes and losses, we are not to dwell on them because of the negative effects they could have on us. Past successes could trigger pride in us, while negative events of the past could cripple us with fear and lack of confidence to forge ahead. As we face life with its challenges, the exhortation to us is to press on – holding on to the cross and God’s word (Hebrews 12:2). Christ has promised us His power and presence (Matthew 28:20; Mark 16:20; Isaiah 43:2). God is always and ever ready to partner with us when we make up our mind to press on.

What are some of the practical challenges you face as you run the Christian race?

PRAYER: Father Lord, give me grace and strength to press on in my Christian race.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR |2 KINGS 4-6 & LUKE 24:36-53

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