Bravely Run the Race

BIBLE VERSE FOR TODAY…. You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.” Psalm 16:11 NLT

As I come to this final day of 2017, I am reminded of the importance of the commitment reflected in the title of Eugene Peterson’s book, “A Long Obedience in the Same Direction.” When a new year comes the key is not always a commitment to something brand new, but an affirmation of that which is right and solid in our lives. In life consistence is the key.

I wonder if what it would be like to apply the same evaluation to our lives that we do to some of our financial investments. It is normal to look at various investments and see if they have increased in value over the year. We want to know if our financial commitments have shown growth. It is also important to know if our spiritual life has reflected growth.

The confidence of David can still be what fills us with confidence, “the Lord will show us the way of life.” We don’t have to “figure it out on our own.” As we follow Jesus consistently and persistently we can be confident of a life of joy and a glorious eternity in His presence.

Psalm 14 contains observations that are the opposite of this assurance.The Lord looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God. But no, all have turned away; all have become corrupt.” (Psalm 14:2,3 NLT)

Wise living is reflected in a commitment to follow the Lord and to continue following the Lord. To seek the Lord and to continue to seek the Lord. When we turn from the Lord we become “corrupt.” When we follow the Lord and live in His presence, He fills us with His joy.

At my service at Morning Star Assisted Living this morning we sang the old song, “It will be worth it all when we see Jesus.” The words of that old song contain a statement of faith and hope and then ends with a challenge, “So, bravely run the race, till we see Christ.” 

In this new year, have confidence in Jesus showing you the way of life. Follow Him closely, follow faithfully, bravely run the race. As you do you will find the joy of His presence and the pleasures of a secure eternity.