Archive - August, 2012

Run His Race

Sometimes my identity gets distorted & wrapped up in the sin of comparison. It’s so easy to try to run someone else’s race or even make the race all about me. Sorry I’m not the church planter who has it all together…

Recently a fellow church planter introduced me as “the Pastor of a Little Church Plant in the Neighborhood.” Without realizing it I took on that identity. We are small…we aren’t big enough. It’s been a year since I moved to Midtown & we’re only 35 people. Then I talked with someone on the phone yesterday who has been struggling to replant for the last couple years. He mentioned the number 5o. Instead of celebrating, all I could think about was, “but we’re not 50, we’re only 35…we’re just a little church plant in the neighborhood.”

This morning I was reminded that my identity must come from the Gospel! I REFUSE TO ALLOW MY FAILURES OR JUST AS DANGEROUSLY MY SUCCESSES TO DEFINE ME.

Ephesians 2:10 is a wonderful reminder of the race God has set before us. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. God has saved us so that we can do good works! Works that He has already prepared.

So often I’ve heard people say, “RUN YOUR RACE – Don’t get distracted.” There is still a danger in this phrase. Ephesians 2:10 reminds me that it’s not my race. It’s His race! Jesus has already completed the race & has been crowned King. He has prepared works in advance for me. My greatest danger comes in allowing the joy of running to be stolen by allowing my identity to get wrapped up in anything other than Jesus.

I remember watching the olympics & seeing one of the Chinese divers hang his head in shame as he received the silver medal. I was shocked! You are the 2nd best in the world! How could you not be on top of the world?

All too often we loose perspective. Remember the race you are running! It began with Jesus & will end with Jesus. Any crowns or accolades we receive will be laid at his feet (Rev. 4:10). It’s His Race. Run with Jesus! Make Disciples who make Disciples! And find great joy in The One who ran before us!