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Running the Race

“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God

in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14

Here we have a master of illustration drawing spiritual lessons from the sporting arena of the Greek games. Whether it was the foot race, or the chariot race Paul had in mind is not clear, but either one will do. One thing is certain: a race must have a starting line. The Christian race must begin by trusting Jesus Christ, who is “the author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2). As the runner must come to the starting line, so we must come to Christ and start for heaven at the cross. A good start is necessary; otherwise the race may be lost at the beginning. Like good athletes, we must maintain a steady pace and run with patience, for the Christian race is a marathon, not a sprint.

Many runners are content to think that they are as good as others. Some are even content with just being in the race, but the zealous Christian is devoted to “the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” This means that he will divest himself of every hindering thing. He will not be distracted by the successes or failures of the past. The things that are behind must be set aside, and the things that are before must take their place. It is necessary to renounce sin and it is essential to lay aside doubtful things which are encumbrances to the race.

We must keep our eyes on the finishing line, which again is Christ. How wonderful it will be at the end of the course to receive the eternal prize from His nail-pierced hands and to hear Him say, “Well done.”

Run the straight race through God’s good grace,

Lift up thine eyes, and seek His face;

Life with its way before us lies,

Christ is the path, and Christ the prize.

 

Rev. David Creane

Eagles Wings, Daily Devotional Meditations

Treasures in heaven are laid up only

as treasures on earth are laid down.

Anonymous


A Word of Warning

“Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His.” Romans 8:9

Sobering and striking words! Sobering because they deal with that relationship with Christ that determines our eternal destiny. Striking because of their appearance in this eighth chapter of Romans, a chapter devoted to assuring God’s people of their standing in Christ. Why in the midst of such a comforting chapter does Paul introduce such a disconcerting statement? Because there will always be people who would take the comfort of this passage without first having taken the Christ of this passage. It is a word of warning to professing Christians.

“If any man…” It matters not your pedigree. You may come from a long line of godly people, but unless you possess the Spirit of Christ, you are none of His. Nor does a mere profession of faith make you God’s child. Paul here speaks of possessing Christ’s Spirit, not a profession of such. Walking an aisle, being baptised, or shedding tears has never saved a soul from Hell. Once more, if any man, regardless of the persuasion of others, has not the Holy Spirit, he is lost. Do not go out into eternity resting on your reputation with others!

When a sinner is born again, he receives the life of Christ, a life that makes him a “new creature.” And what are the evidences of the indwelling Spirit? Paul tells us that “as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God” (v.14). But led where? First, led to Christ. Your desires and interest will be turned from the world to the Saviour. You will be led to pray. Christ’s own have received “the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father” (v. 15). Lastly you will be led into obedience to Christ. Those who possess the Spirit “do mortify the deeds of the body” (v. 13) because Christ’s Spirit will gradually change them into His likeness.

Have you the Spirit of Christ? What a dreadful thing it would be to be none of His. Rest not until you have cast away all dependence upon self and cast your soul upon Christ.

Rev. John Wagner

Eagles Wings, Daily Devotional Meditations

Ah, if I am none of His, whose am I?

C. H. Spurgeon