At the beginning of the race, we are raring to go (def.), especially when we first come to know Christ or when we first become certain of the calling He has given us in the body of Christ.
It as time goes on and the . . .
- race becomes harder
- run becomes more grueling
- our running partners begin to drop off
- our enthusiasm begins to wane
- criticism from the crowd starts to overpower the cheering from the sidelines
- we start to wonder if it’s truly worth all the blood, sweat, and tears
In our race of faith, the point at which we are starting to grow weary and faint is exactly the point when we need to fortify our spirit and mind with these 5 treasures from God’s Word.
1. Don’t Give Up
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. – Gal 6:9
The Enemy seeks to try to get us to give up right before the harvest if not sooner. The more he is able to do so, the more he can get us to believe the lie that what we do for God really isn’t worth it. 1 Corinthians 15:58 is a vital truth to have in our mind’s arsenal for doubting times such as these.
With all this going for us, my dear, dear friends, stand your ground. And don’t hold back. Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort. – 1 Cor. 15:58 MSG
2. Take Heart
Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame. – Is 50:7
3. One Thing You Seek
One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. – Ps 27:4
Determine in your heart that this truly is the one thing you desire in life. This is your one necessity. Your relationship with Father and your eternal destiny are the only things that cannot be taken from you in this earthly life (Rm 8:28-39).
4. One Thing You Do
Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: 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. – Phil 3:13-14
It’s one of the hardest and yet the most freeing things we will do in life and ministry. Forget what is behind and strain toward what is ahead. Press on toward the prize God has awaiting you.
As long as you’re seeking the prize of people’s approval (Gal 1:10), accomplishment, and fame, this freeing truth will be far out of reach. It is only through true abandonment and surrender that you find the strength and humility to embrace Jesus as:
- The One you are accountable to and who is in charge of your credibility – 1 Cor 4:5, Zech 4:6, 1 Cor 2:1-5
- The Redeemer of circumstances and situations you have done everything you could to bring peace and resolution – Rm 12:18
- The Blessed Controller who is at work in those people and places He has told you to let go of and continue on with the calling He has given you – 1 Tim 6:15
5. Run with Guts (aka perseverance)
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. – Heb 12:1-3
If you haven’t hidden these treasures in your heart, I encourage you to make it your goal to memorize and mediate on one verse a week for the next five weeks.
For more encouragement, listen to Pastor Joseph Tan’s message: Set Your Face Like Flint.