The Race of Life
long do you think a NASCAR driver would travel on a racetrack
without oil in his engine or water in his radiator? We are in
a race to win the crown that awaits us at the end of life's journey.
It is important to take along the necessary things to make it
to the end.
Like the race car driver who needs oil and
water to run his car, we need certain things too. We need the
oil in our lamps. Oil is symbolic of the Holy Spirit in the New
Testament. Water speaks of the washing
of the Word to cleanse our minds and soul.
At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten
virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom
(Matthew 25:1 NIV).
...to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with
water through the word... (Ephesians 5:26 NIV).
We may stumble or sometimes slow down but
as long as we keep on going we will make it. No driver in a race
goes back to the starting line. They need to stay focused on where
they are heading especially during the last mile of the race.
There is no going back and starting over. We must press toward
the mark of that high calling in Christ Jesus.
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which
God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14).
The way to win is by PRESSING IN. Press into
God by praying, daily reading and studying the Bible. Let the
water of His Word wash you. This will keep you holy.
The oil of the Holy Spirit in your lamp will
refresh you during the race. This is the anointing of God's presence
in your life.
Yes, this is the only race that really counts.
We are racing towards our DESTINY. We need to focus on that last
mile because heaven awaits us. There we will meet Jesus Christ
our Lord, the one who died for us. On your mark, get set, ready,
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