"Slow and steady wins the race." .... Unless, you're in a race with someone fast and steady... I would like to rephrase the age-old adage if I may:
- "Steady FINISHES the race." -
Hebrews 12:1 tells us to "lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and run the race set before us with endurance." In 2 Timothy 4, Paul doesn't say he ran the race and now his work is done, but he said that he finished the race and kept the faith.
Good news!!! Once we start our race as a believer, we have promises from the Word that guarantee God's faithfulness to see us through:
1. We can look to Jesus as the finisher of our faith (He will see us through). Hebrews 12
2. We are able to keep in step with the Spirit and we have the ability to live according to the Spirit (3-legged race with the Holy Ghost as your partner - you win every time. And you're no longer subject to "the elements" in this cross country race - no longer under the law) Galatians 5.
The race does require us to actually do the running. But we can rest assured that God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit do not leave our side through the whole thing! Because of this, we can be steadfast (steady) in Him and His Promises and be confident we can endure this race until the end, just as He endured even into death.
Chandler Collver, June 17th, 2017