I don't know much about running, but I do know that you can't just get off of the couch and go run a marathon. You have to train. You have to put forth a bunch of effort many months ahead of the big day to finish that marathon. We run a race of faith every day. We have to train and expand our faith at the same time as we're running so that way we won't give up. So, what are some types of faith that we need to have to continue running the race?
I was challenged by my wonderful friend, Jayla Sparks (who inspired me to start this blog), over at Marvelously Modest to write an article without using the letter "L" and I challenged her to do the same but without using the letter "G"; check out her blog and read her posts too. :)
The faith of Abraham. In Genesis 22, God said to Abraham to take his son and offer him as a burnt offering. Abraham's faith in God was so strong that he did take his son to be sacrificed. In verse 8 of that same chapter, Abraham points out that God is going to provide the offering. God didn't say to Abraham that He is going to provide the offering. By his faith, Abraham knew that God is in charge and because of that, God promised him that He is going to make his descendants great. We have to trust that God knows what He's doing and our faith is going to grow and expand because of it.
The faith of Moses. Moses chose to suffer instead of taking part of and enjoying sin when he was in Egypt (Hebrews 11:25). He knew that the reward for running the race of faith and doing what God commanded is greater than the treasures in Egypt. By faith, he brought God's nation out of the Egyptian bondage. We have to have faith that knows that there is a reward stored up for us that is greater than the riches and treasures of the earth.
As most races have, we have a reward for running the race of faith. That reward is Heaven! That prize is worth so much more than any of the riches on earth added together and it is an undying reward. Isn't that amazing?!? The reward for running a marathon is sometimes cash and sometimes it's just a ribbon. At the end of the day, those things are going to perish. Who doesn't enjoy running for an undying reward?! We have to endure this race of faith. To endure, we must put our trust in God, we have to have faith that God is preeminent, and we have to put our focus on the great reward. Everyone is running this race. It can be hard, but we have to assist each other when someone breaks down under the tremendous amount of pressure. We have to push each other to endure to the very end, so that many have the competence to receive this beyond compare prize, Heaven! We are in this race together; if we don't finish this race of faith, we won't be rewarded. Keep enduring. Keep running. Keep the faith.
By: Jennifer Odom
My name is Jennifer Odom and I've been a Christian since October 2011. I'm a 19-year-old sophomore at Freed-Hardeman University. I like reading, crocheting, and Bible journaling. My favorite verse is Philippians 1:21. I write for Tomorrow's Church, Today and am the editor for Beyond the Foam. I hope to speak at several ladies days, become a music teacher, get involved with mission work, and bring as many people as I can with me to heaven. Stepping in Light is affiliated with the church of Christ.