It is not enough to be born, it is not enough to show up, we need to develop the mind-set that we intend to win. Discipline in one area will not make up for laziness in another. Everything affects everything. It’s not that you can be good at one thing and concede defeat in other areas, we will all need to lift our game in every sphere of our lives to win and to finish the race that has been set before us by our Lord Jesus.
1 Corinthians 9:24 says, “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.”
It is not to enough to espouse the principles finishing your race, it is important to embody the principles that you espouse. Are you fit for the kingdom of God? Jesus said in Luke 9:62…“No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” The thing that makes a person fit for service in the kingdom of God is not just a willingness to show up to the fight, but a willingness to hold on to the things He has spoken to you about. You cannot win if you are unwilling to hold on to God’s Word to you, in spite of all kinds of opposition.
A lot of people when they are younger have a zest for life, but find the same people 25 years later, and life has knocked the wind out of them. I dare say that a lot of you reading this right now are even now behaving according to your circumstances and not according to the Word of the Lord to you. But that is not the way to play the game of life. To win the game of life you have to make up your mind to choose what God said! When you should be sad, dance! When you should be broke, think and talk rich! When you start, make a determination to finish strong because of the ability of God which is in and for you.
God does not take pleasure in you drawing back from your walk of faith. If you are at the place where you are asking questions about why “it” has not happened for you yet, the solution is not to draw back. The solution is not looking for other alternatives to the Word of God. The solution is to put more pressure on that Word until you see results!
Everybody has the temptation to find the easier route, but the river that meanders the most is the river that takes the path of least resistance. If you want to have a life where it seems like your whole life is so convoluted and you can hardly get to your destination before you are too old to enjoy anything, then please take the path of least resistance!
However, if you are ever going to get to your promised land without spending 40 years wandering, then you need to make up your mind to go through the land of the philistines in 12 days, even if it will take a fight! You will need to say to the devil, if it is fight you want, a fight you’re going to get, but I am getting to my promised land!
Today I am praying that you will find the courage to make a decision to walk the path that has been set before you in spite of the giants in your way. As you choose God what God said, as you choose to walk in the path he instructed you to walk, you will find His Grace and Mercy available to you. As you choose to do His will, you will not lose. You will win! You will finish strong!