Christianity is like running a race. We have a starting and finishing point. Along the way, we will encounter distractions, discouragements and disappointments. We may be tempted to give up along the way. Let us be mindful, to enjoy the crown, we have to complete the race. Jesus is our perfect example, He endured to cross. We have to keep in our minds the heavenly goal that is before, run with endurance and finish our spiritual race.
Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the LORD Jesus has given me-the task of testifying to the good news of God's grace.
Prayer is a powerful method of communicating with God. We talk to Him in expressing our thanks and making our request known. We mention the names and needs of those who are facing challenges, sick, church leaders, missionaries, family, friends, co-worker and those who need to hear the gospel and obey it. Prayer can make a big difference when we pray for people. Do not take lightly the request for prayer. Pray for us.
Colossians 4:2-32 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 3 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.
1 Thessalonians 5:25
25 Brothers and sisters, pray for us.
Disappointment is a reality in this life. We have to accept it. Disappointment can come from people, things and the events of life. It can test our patience, faith, joy and hope. When it comes our way, we have to find the inner courage in us to keep pressing on. Two disciples of Jesus were disappointed when he died. Their hopes were shattered.
19"What things?" he asked. "About Jesus of Nazareth," they replied. "He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place.
Roy Graneau is the full-time preacher for the South Edmonton Church of Christ.