It feels like I started running a race which everyone was running and all of a sudden I stopped running it, as I felt that this is not for me.
2 Timothy 3:1-5But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.
(Isolated from the World)I see people who started with me, in the race were going past me and ahead of me. I cannot get myself to run the race. I am far behind them and isolated.
Jeremiah 12:1 You are always righteous,Lord,when I bring a casebefore you.Yet I would speak with you about your justice:Why does the way of the wicked prosper?Why do all the faithless live at ease?
(Meet the chosen Race) I started walking across to find and meet others who have stoppedlike me.
1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
(United to be one Body of Christ)Now, we are all united to the Lord who was the first among us, who chose to die on the cross rather.
1 Corinthians 12:13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body - Jews or Greeks, slaves or free - and all were made to drink of one Spirit.
(Preparedto run again) It did not stop there, I have to run till the end of my life.
1 King 19:7The angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.
Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,
(Run the race of Salvation) So now again gearing up to my speed to run the race of salvation, which has different set of rule. To be in Faith, to trust in the Lord, to bear the fruits of the Spirits etc.,
Ephesians 4:1-32I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit - just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call - one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
Galatians 2:2 I went in response to a revelation and, meeting privately with those esteemed as leaders, I presented to them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles. I wanted to be sure I was not running and had not been running my race in vain.
(Glory in the Future)Though this racehas more struggles and challenges, but at endis Glory which has already been confirmed to me before I startedrunning this race.
Romans 8:18I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.