Get Up And Finish (9/24/13)

Read: Isaiah 41:14-45:10, Ephesians 3:1-21, Psalm 68:1-18, Proverbs 24:1-2

I have swept away your sins like a cloud. I have scattered your offenses like the morning mist. Oh, return to me, for I have paid the price to set you free. (Isaiah 44:22)

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Relate: My best and worst race in cross country are one and the same. It is my worst race with regards to the time it took to finish it. It is my best race because it is the finish I am the most proud of.

You see, we were coming up a hill about a half mile into the race when I stepped on a rock the wrong way. There is a big Latin word for what I tore but twenty years later I have no idea what it is. All I know is that I was in pain. A lot of it. I was still on the ground as the rest of the pack, and then the stragglers all passed me by.

Sitting there, I realized I had three choices: I could limp my way back, I could stay and wait for help to come, or I could try and finish the race. Dumb as it sounds, I chose option three. For the next two and a half miles, every step with my right leg brought tears to my eyes. More than once it simply would not hold me and I fell again. But each time I would get back up and keep going. Some other teams had already left by the time I crossed that finish line. But I crossed that finish line. I spent the next three weeks hobbling around on crutches. But I finished that race.

React: Jesus paid the price for our sin when He went to the cross. We have been declared sinless in God’s sight. Maybe you stay perfect but I know that in spite of His grace and the power He has given me to live free, I have still fallen again. I’ve been busted by God and by others doing things I know I have no business doing. I’ve sinned.

When I do, when I have fallen, I know I have three choices: I can give up on my Christian walk, I can wallow in my guilt and my misery, or I can get up and finish the race. A righteous person is not someone who never falls. We all fall. A righteous person is someone who gets back up when they do fall. We have a race to run. Let’s not let the guilt and shame of past sins that God has already forgiven us for keep us from pursuing that glorious finish line.

Respond

God, I thank You for the cross. I thank You that by Your blood, I am forgiven. Help me to live forgiven. Like Adam and Eve my desire when I sin is to run and hide from You. Help me to run instead straight to Your arms. When the stupidity of my own selfish desires cause me to fall again., help me to get back up and finish the race.

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16 thoughts on “Get Up And Finish (9/24/13)

  1. it’s how you finish that counts, the words have a new meaning for me, I too, have been in the fight, and have found so many traps set out for me, i know that I’m upsetting the powers of darkness, as i know God Most High listens to what the heart needs, and your words are comfort to me this day, thank you.

  2. A righteous person is not someone who never falls. We all fall. A righteous person is someone who gets back up when they do fall.
    Absolutely! I wish we believers would know or get the revelation of the above blessed truth. This truth will lead any individual to not get comfortable with a sinful life (falling whenever it suits them) but will instead make them learn just how much Christ loves us and will seek after a life of obedience! Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.
    Thank you.

  3. BJ, thank you for this reminder. I recently read that “persistence isn’t a ‘gift’ it’s an ability I can develop.” I used to think of persistence / perseverance as a random gift, but later realized that it is the hard work of developing this ability that is a gift I give myself.
    Blessings,
    Jacquie

  4. thank you for sharing..we need to realize that even when we fall, God’s hand is waiting to lift us up again and forgive us.. His love for us encompasses our sins.. Great post.

  5. Pingback: “Get Up And Finish” (9/24/13) 12/08/2013 | God's group

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