Stay in the Race
Run. Run. Paul said, “I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” (Acts 20:23-24, NIV). I would like to point out three things about this scripture. First, Paul was fully aware that he was going to face prison and hardships. In fact, the Holy Spirit warned him of it. So let me clarify: You will have hardships in this life. Life is not a cake walk; especially when you are trying to do anything for God.
Second, Paul realized that the hardships that he was going to face could not compare to the task Jesus called him to finish. We need to turn our focus on what God has called us to do, not on what we are going through. That sounds good, right? I am currently facing some obstacles myself, obstacles that are trying to make me quit. But I realize that there is no prize unless I finish the race God has called me to. Just last year I thought about quitting after the death of my younger brother but I am determined to stay in the race. My goal is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me.
Third, Paul said that his hardships would become a testimony. His testimony is not based on the good times but the bad times. Paul’s testimony is that although he faced hardships, God would make a way. God’s grace does not show up after the storm but shows up through the storm.
I want to encourage you to stay in the race. Your story of enduring will become a testimony to the world–that God’s grace is real. Stay in the race!