Running the Race

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1-2)

I don’t know what you do to recharge; we all have our own mechanisms. I know that this past week spending time each night listening to our Gospel meeting, and the words spoken from God’s word by Chuck Webster, certainly helped many to recharge. We all need those moments; there are times all of our batteries need to be recharged.

I try to take every single lesson I hear from the word of God and listen in a way that I learn something new from every speaker and every lesson. I took something away from the lessons this week, just one little nugget that I wanted to share with you. It comes from John chapter 4 where the Bible records these words: “So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.” (John 4:5-6)  I guess I have read this dozens of times over the years, and used the context of John 4 many times in talking about Jesus speaking with the Samaritan woman at the well to illustrate points concerning our worship. But this “nugget” I picked up was different. Jesus sat at the well because he was “wearied” from His journey. Our Lord was tired, he had worked and tired himself physically from journeys, and He was tired emotionally I am sure.

We all get tired and we all get stressed. Taking into account that our Lord was tired has given a new significance to the Hebrew writer’s command to run the race with patience, and endurance, and look unto Jesus (Heb 12:1-2). It reminds us that we all get tired; it reminds us that the race takes endurance. But we are also reminded that we are to look unto Jesus, who also became wearied, but never lost sight of the goal in front of Him. I pray that this past week has benefited you the same way that I was benefited. We all need to “recharge” and what a helpful reminder it was that even our Lord needed to stop and recharge. Thank you to this wonderful congregation for all you do in service to our Lord!

Ande Z

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Tuesday – Devo at Ande Z’s 7:00 – 8:30
August 19th – Area Wide at Shades Mountain
August 31st – Birmingham Barons Game 6:30pm
September 21st–22nd – SIX FLAGS and Camp Inaghei “get away”



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