I have been thinking a lot about discipline and obedience. Being a runner and knowing the importance of good training and getting myself out for a run even when I don’t want to is an essential part of being successful at finishing a race.
I know it is by the grace of God that I have the things I have. I also know there are more days than not when His strength is the essential part of every accomplishment and overcoming.
But I wonder, what makes us stronger?
I know that as this journey I call life moves through the good and the bad I get stronger. I know that with Christ I can do more. I can look back and say “I never thought I would survive that” and yet know that with God I was able to do just that. My faith grows with every new day.
As my faith grows, I hunger for more strength. I want to know more of God, speak to Him more. I have my eyes on the prize, so to speak.
Hebrews 12 Discipline in a Long-Distance Race 1-3Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!
So, I wonder. With grace and God’s strength, is it possible to be more prepared for the race if I am disciplined and obedient?