A gold medal is a wonderful thing. But if you’re not enough without it, you’ll never be enough with it. ~ Cool Runnings
The writer of Hebrews admonishes us to “run with perseverance the race marked out for us” (12:1 NIV). And so often I see people running … hard, dedicated, passionate … but I wonder if they are seeking the true finish line.
We’re told in the second verse of that chapter that our finish line is Jesus Christ. That’s it. Christ is the end … “the author and perfecter of our faith.” It’s Him alone.
But as I look around – first my own heart and then the visible lives of others – I see a lot of other finish lines … and some of those finish lines are not bad things! But running toward your family or your home, setting your sights on your ministry or your influence … those are just as “not Christ” as focusing on on wealth or power.
And though I haven’t learned nearly all I want to know, one thing I have begun to grasp is this … Whatever we pursue instead of Christ will always leave us empty. If our goal is ANYTHING except making Him known in all things … no “win” will ever fulfill us. The prize is Christ … and I do know this …
image courtesy of Torben Hanson