2014-05-14 / Church

Today’s Meditation

Going For The Goal
From The Upper Room
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Read Hebrews 12:1-3

Paul wrote, “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

- Philippians 3:13-14 (NIV)

Every summer, cyclists from Britain and abroad arrive to take part in a 70-mile rally along the country roads in the area where I live. The rally starts and ends outside our church. This year, on my way to morning worship, I mingled with the people who had gathered. What excitement! Adults and children shouted, waved, and jumped whenever weary competitors crossed the finish line. A piper in full Highland dress welcomed them. The cyclists were relieved and delighted as they completed the long, hard route.

Later, I reflected on that scene and recognized how clearly it illustrated Hebrews 12:1-3. The cyclists traveled light. Nothing slowed them down; even their clothes were bodytight. As they set off, they had a single aim: to complete the course, whatever challenges it presented.

We may not be cyclists or runners, but all who belong to Jesus are in a race together. Let us encourage one another not to get sidetracked or to give up. Instead, let us fix our eyes on Jesus, who knows from experience each challenge we face. He guides us to the finish line, where a “great cloud of witnesses” (Heb. 12:1) waits to cheer us home!

Elaine M. Brown

(Perthshire, Scotland)

Thought for the Day: As Christians, we are all in this race together.

Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, help us to fix our eyes on you and encourage one another to finish the race. Amen.

Prayer Focus: Christians in the sporting world

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