May 12th, 2017

Day Five: #BREAKING2

Hebrews 12:1-2a (NIV) - “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”

About a week ago, there was an attempt by Nike with three elite runners to see if one could run a marathon under two hours, an impossible feat as shown by the 2:00:25 time by the top finisher. Among many strategies in place for this epic trial, one was the unique pacing structure. There would be, “a blockading diamond of six pacers to shield the runner from wind, which has been tested in wind tunnels to be the most advantageous to a following runner.” Now how much did Nike spend to figure out what the Bible already has pointed out to us? Running with others makes the race a whole lot easier. And the race we are running is not to make history, to break a world record, or to market running shoes, our race is forward towards Jesus - it is a guaranteed, victorious finish in him, we’re going to be #Breaking2.

Therefore, it matters that we see the other runners, not once in a while, but often, as much as we can, and not just those presently running, but to also remember those who have already run and gone before us. When we see the other runners it reminds us and helps us to throw off the hindrances and to not get entangled in sin. We have a race to run, we can’t let those things slow us down, get in the way, stop our progress. When one of us falls, we’ll pick you up and run together, if you can’t run, we’ll carry you. And we’ll look together towards the finish, not where a line of tape awaits us, no, our Lord awaits us, our eyes are on him.

Let us pray today picturing those who worship alongside of us. Who normally sits to the left, right, behind, in front of you on any given Sunday? Pray for those brothers and sisters, your fellow runners in the guaranteed #Breaking2 race we were entered into upon saying yes to Jesus. Pray we would run a persevering race as we fix our eyes on Jesus.

-AK


May 11th, 2017

Day Four: Have Your Way


May 10th, 2017

Day Three: From You to You All


May 9th, 2017

Day Two: Let Us Draw Near


May 8th, 2017

Day One: God’s Glorious Presence


May 5th, 2017

Day Five: I Will Worship God for my Generation


May 4th, 2017

Day Four: Nowhere!


May 3rd, 2017

Day Three: I Will Worship the Awesome God!


May 2nd, 2017

Day Two: Do You Hear Grace?


May 1st, 2017

Day One: We Worship in the Realm of Grace