It's Not Over Till Jesus Returns

Have you ever been to a race where the runners just quit running? Have you ever been to a football game where both teams just quit playing? It would be weird wouldn’t it? Why do we quit running in the race God has set before us? We so often get stuck in the mindset that the great work that God started in our lives at a camp or a big event was finished at that event. We don’t realize that the work that was started was the beginning of a great journey, not a completed and final work.

Topics: The Return of Christ

Have you ever been to a race where the runners just quit running? Have you ever been to a football game where both teams just quit playing? It would be weird wouldn’t it? Why do we quit running in the race God has set before us? We so often get stuck in the mindset that the great work that God started in our lives at a camp or a big event was finished at that event. We don’t realize that the work that was started was the beginning of a great journey, not a completed and final work.

Philippians 2:12 tells us to work out salvation with fear and trembling. 1 John 2:4-6 says, “Whoever says ‘I know him’ but does not keep his commandments is a liar and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this way may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.” If we are truly believers in Christ, then we must walk as He walked there are no exceptions.

There is no knowing God as your savior but not walking with Him daily. So many times we look at our salvation as just an event rather than a lifestyle! We are so willing to work our tails off for anything that gratifies our flesh, but when it comes to running hard after Christ, we act as though we have no legs. Victory is ours if we are in Christ, but we don’t fight like it is. We roll over as if we have no weapons to fight with. Hebrew 12:4 says “in your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood”. Lets fight for our joy! Lets run hard after Christ. Christ has died for our sins not so we could play video games and have good hair. He died so that we could enjoy him and pursue him forever.

Think about it we have the opportunity to have a relationship with the creator and sustainer of the universe. What are you going to do with that? What are you going to do? Is this going to be just another semester that goes by and nothing changes or are you going to run hard after Him? And it doesn’t stop after this semester; the race will continue, but will you run? Will you run with endurance the race set before you?

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