The race is not given to the swift nor the strong, but to the one who endures until the end, Ecclesiastes 9:11.
There is a prize at the end of the finish line, and the value is worth more than anyone can imagine. Jesus is that prize, and His value is everlasting.
The Christian race has its challenges along the way, with crosses to bear, hurdles to jump, mountains to move, stumbling blocks to avoid, demons to resist and hills to climb, but we can overcome them all with the help of God. People of God, we have to faith it to make it.
A strong faith will yield a strong finish, and an inner faith will yield an inner peace. The authenticity of our faith will add greater value to the testimonies of our lives just as it did of those who walked in the great halls of faith in the Bible. As a people of God, we can overcome anything by the blood of the Lamb, and by the words of our testimonies.
Many people go through life on a daily basis pretending to be who everyone else expects them to be, doing what everyone else expects them to do and saying what everyone else expects them to say, just to fit in, and not truly living for themselves, living in bondage, therefore faking it, to make it.
Friends, this is not what our Father in Heaven intends for us to do. He wants a free people to run this race with a greater aim and goal in mind.
Some days are harder than other days, and the challenges seem to get stronger, but we must not throw in the towel or give in to the enemy, not even the enemy within us, because we’ve got a race to run, and time is of the essence.
We have to faith it to make it. The fear of the unknown can cause a person to act in ways that could disqualify them from the race, but we must not allow this to happen.
We’ve been equipped for the race by putting on the whole armor of God, and we’ve been empowered by the Holy Spirit, and we’ve been encouraged by a great cloud of witnesses beckoning us to run on to the end.
There is a champion on the inside of us, and we have the fortitude to endure until the end.
In a natural race, many run, but only one wins the prize. In this Christian race, many run, and all who endure until the end will win.
Jesus extended an invitation more than 2,000 years ago by saying whosoever will let them come. Receive Jesus in your heart today, and run this great race.
Let’s faith it to make it.
Bishop Belita McMurry-Fite is senior pastor at Heaven’s View Baptist Church in Lebanon. Preacher’s Corner features a new local preacher each month writing a column.