KEEP FOCUSED ON THE FINISHING LINE

Bible Reading: Hebrews 12:1-17

Billy Graham speaking at the funeral of Raymond V Edman said, “He lived in heaven on earth.” As he was dying at the age of twenty-nine, the saintly Scottish pastor, Murray McCheyne, said, “Farewell mortality, welcome eternity.” What a way to go! How can we finish our course like that?

Firstly, keep focused on the finishing line. The Bible says that Abraham looked for a city whose builder and maker is God. He was looking for His eternal home. The writer to Hebrews exhorts us to fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.

Secondly, lay aside every weight, and sin which so easily ensnare us. We must lay aside anything that hinders our walk with the Lord and spiritual progress. Sometimes we have to be drastic in dealing with ourselves.

Thirdly, spend time every day reading God’s Word and listening for the voice of the Holy Spirit. Live in obedience to Him. Do everything as for the Lord. The testimony of brother Lawrence is so helpful:

“Men invent means and methods of coming at God’s love, they learn rules and set up devices to remind them of that love, and it seems like a world of trouble to bring oneself into the consciousness of God’s presence. Yet it might be so simple. Is it not quicker and easier just to do our common business wholly for the love of him? The sacredness or worldly status of a task mattered less than motivation behind it. Nor is it needful that we should have great things to do….we can do little things for God; I turn the cake that is frying on the pan for love of him, and that done, if there is nothing else to call me, I prostrate myself in worship before him, who has given me grace to work; afterwards I rise happier than a king. I began to live as if there were no one save God and me in the world.” “The time of business does not with me differ from the time of prayer; and in the noise and clatter of my kitchen, while several persons are at the same time calling for different things, I possess God in as great tranquility as if I were upon my knees at the blessed sacrament.”

Finally, watch and pray. On two occasions Jesus said, “Watch and pray.” Watch and pray, firstly, that you don’t enter into temptation [Matthew 26:41]. Secondly, because you don’t know when Jesus will return [Mark 13:33].

Questions:

Are there things in your life that hinder you from really walking with God? Sometimes, even the good can be a hindrance to the best. As the Lord to show you anything that you are doing that is not helpful in your walk with Him.

What do you think is the meaning of “watch and pray”? How will you do that?