1 Corinthians 15:1-5, 1 Corinthians 4:2, God's Race, Hebrews 12:1-2, Hebrews 4:14-16, Hebrews 4:15, In my season, Psalm 118:24, Revelation 1:5, Running In Your Lane, Seasonal or Steadfast?, You are in God's Race
Bible Ballistics: Vol. 17 No. 26 Living In My Season???
“This is the day
which the LORD hath made;
we will rejoice
and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24
I am a ‘senior’ citizen, and while I can’t do, or go or produce like I once did, there are so many things that I can still do, and what I’d like to share today is that regardless of our season of life, we are called to “rejoice and be glad in it”! But are we? There are times when we can all be distracted by the “what if’s” and allow the enemy to steal our joy, by getting our attention onto the other person’s lane. You remember the old saying, “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence!” And those of us who live in cattle country, whether we raise cattle or not, see those cows stretching their necks through the fence to get that “other” grass regardless of the grass that is in their own pasture. The author of Hebrews deals with this very issue, let’s consider his counsel.
seeing we also are compassed about
with so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us lay aside
and the sin
which doth so easily beset us,
and let us run
the race that is set
2 Looking unto Jesus
of our faith;
who for the joy that was set before him
endured the cross,
despising the shame,
and is set down
at the right hand
of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2
I love this passage, yet it is so often misunderstood as our being ‘cheered on in a great stadium’, when, in reality, it is a conclusion of chapter 11—the great ‘Hall of Faith’ chapter—which paints the amazing picture of faith through the ages. A passage revealing those in prosperous circumstances as well as those who endured distress, torture, and even death for their faith. Yet they kept on keeping on regardless of the circumstances or season they were called to endure.
We can learn so much from this brief passage about the seasons of life, and how we are to respond; I would like to simply share some insight from this great passage. Firstly, we are called to consider and learn from the faith of those who have gone before us, both those in near proximity as well as those long gone, as Hebrews 11 pictures. To do that we must delve into the Word of God to know our God and those who have left us great examples of faith, strength, and courage; those who set examples of how to “lay aside” the sins, weights of life, and challenges which confront each of us daily—sometimes moment by moment! God reminds us that we don’t have to be “beset” or thrown off track by these things; and while sin is almost always an issue, we can overcome it by “Looking unto Jesus”! And no matter our season of life, Jesus is ever sufficient to lead, guide and provide for us, for HE has “been to Calvary” for us; and because HE endured every attack of Satan, sin, and life—yet without sin!
“For we have not an high priest
which cannot be touched
with the feeling of our infirmities;
but was in all points tempted
like as we are,
yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:15
“Without sin”! As the Southern Gospel song proclaims, “Oh, What A Savior” (written by Marvin P Dalton), I am so glad that He “endured the cross” for you and me—and because of HIS sacrifice we can run “the race that is set before us” with confidence no matter the time, season, trial, or temptation! He accomplished our victory at Calvary! Oh, how grateful I am, that my past is under the blood—forgiven–, my present is perfectly in HIS hands, regardless of the season of life I am in, and my future is secure in HIS victory of salvation accomplished at Calvary!
As Paul described it so beautifully, the sacrifice of Jesus, for you and me (If you would, the Gospel in a nutshell, and combined with John 3:16-19, all we need to know about what Jesus did, does and will do for us!) is DONE:
I declare unto you
the gospel which I preached
which also ye have received,
and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved,
if ye keep in memory
what I preached unto you,
unless ye have believed
3 For I delivered unto you
first of all
that which I also received,
how that Christ died for our sins
according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried,
and that he rose again the third day
according to the scriptures:
5 And that he was seen of Cephas,
then of the twelve:” 1 Corinthians 15:1-5
His blood has bought and paid for my sin, and because I have come to HIM in repentance and faith, I can run this “race that is set before” me. For you see, it is the race that Jesus has set before “ME”, and that HE has set before “YOU”—and while they are not in the same lane or course, the sufficiency isn’t yours or mine, but in the blood bought victory of Jesus Christ our Lord! The Apostle John recorded it beautifully in the Revelation.
“And from Jesus Christ,
who is the faithful witness,
and the first begotten of the dead,
and the prince of the kings of the earth.
that loved us,
and washed us from our sins
in his own blood,” Revelation 1:5
Oh, praise HIS dear name—He did it all for you and me! And HIS work isn’t seasonal—it is full time–permanent, regardless of time, age, season, troubles, or successes! He has bought and paid for the victory! I’m so glad that Jesus knew, knows, and will always know what I need—what you need—and where my lane and yours is going. Just think of it, Samuel was called as a young child, Daniel as a teenager (and both of these young people served God into their 80’s/90’s)! Then there’s Moses who didn’t really get started with His greatest work until he was 80! And Jesus our Lord’s work was finished (by God’s design) at some 33 years!
So, my friends, it doesn’t matter our “season” of life, or ministry, or work, or leisure, or any other limitations that we may think are on our life and service, God has set our race, and HE simply calls us to run it with grace, power, faith, and dependence upon HIS all-sufficient power, to just keep running! He doesn’t call us to be as speedy as our neighbor or friend, HE simply calls us to be faithful with what HE has given to us to be and do! My race isn’t yours, nor yours mine! We are called to keep our eyes “looking unto Jesus” not anyone else’s lane!
it is required in stewards,
that a man be found faithful.” 1 Corinthians 4:2
And as faithful stewards we are given access to our Lord for every need.
“Seeing then that we have a great high priest,
that is passed into the heavens,
Jesus the Son of God,
let us hold fast our profession.
15 For we have not an high priest
which cannot be touched
with the feeling of our infirmities;
but was in all points
tempted like as we are,
yet without sin.
16 Let us therefore
come boldly unto the throne of grace,
that we may obtain mercy,
and find grace to help
in time of need.” Hebrews 4:14-16
And if I may simply add that no matter what you are facing, no matter the season of life, trial, struggle, success, power, or weakness you are “running” with, remember that God has you, HE has your race, HE is in that lane with you. Look up my friend, run to that “throne of grace”, and press on! WE WIN!!! Amen and Amen!!!