FINISH THE RACE

2 COR. 5:8-10 Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.

Do you ever think of your death? When Jonathan Edwards was nineteen he made one of his life resolutions “to think often of the day of his death”. I have to confess, I haven’t thought about my death very often. Just yesterday, I attended the funeral of my dear friend Steve Solomon. As a result I have been thinking about the day of all of our deaths. My conclusion, life is short. Parris and I were speaking of this yesterday. We remembered we have only known Steve for twenty two years. There is a good chance we will see him in the next twenty two. What is my point? Life is short and our time here is precious. We should all live as if we are approaching our own finish line. The great day where all of us will stand before the Lord is near. Here are some comments from Jonathan Edwards about David Brainerd spoken at Brainerd’s funeral.

“In this dispensation of Providence, God puts us in mind of our mortality, and forewarns us that the time is approaching when we must be absent from the body, and “must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that every one of us may receive the things done in the body, according to what we have done, whether it be good or bad”. Thus God sanctified, and made meet for his use, that vessel that he intended to make eminently a vessel of honor in his house, and which he had made of large capacity, having endowed him with very uncommon abilities and gifts of nature (speaking of Brainerd). He was a singular instance, of a ready invention, natural eloquence, easy flowing expression, sprightly apprehension, quick discerning, and very strong memory; and yet of a very penetrating genius, close and clear thought, and piercing judgment.”
Edwards seemed to have been challenged by young Brainerd’s life. We have been challenged by Steve Solomon’s. We all miss those who have gone on before us. The best way we can honor them is to pick up their banner and run the race. The finish line is in sight, we need to finish this race.

4 Replies to “FINISH THE RACE”

  1. In November of 2009 my brain surgeon gave me two months to get my life in order as I prepared for surgery. It was overwhelming as I scurried to make sure all my worldly affairs were up to date and everything organized should this body not survive the operation.
    In a very positive way that inevability has stuck with me. In fact it has broadened to include everyone still alive.
    I have heard stories of healthy people, no sign of health problems, dropping dead. The question of their preparedness always surfaces. “Did anyone introduce them to Jesus?” Then the thought that I am that anyone begins to haunt me. It helps me look beyond death but the moment I step into eternity. I try to imagine that reality and the “what matters”.
    The conviction to change my priorities in this life is intense. Sharing the gospel and salvation of souls is the distant winner. Taking care of this life’s affairs is important but certain pursuits and the time and energy spent in it makes me shake my head. Oh Father, help me not get caught up in the here and now but be conscience of the here after. \o/

  2. HALLELUJAH, PASTOR FRANK. 🙂 LIFE IS PRECIOUS AND SHORT. 🙂 VERY IMPORTANT!
    SPREAD LOVE DAILY, TELL PEOPLE YOU LOVE THEM DAILY. QUALITY TIME WITH ONE ANOTHER, HOW PRECIOUS. 🙂
    HUGS, LAUGHS, SMILES, LOVE, HELPING ONE ANOTHER IS ALL VERY IMPORTANT! 🙂
    JUST BEING THERE WHEN SOMEONE NEEDS A HELPING HAND OR A LISTENER.
    THANK YOU, JESUS, HOLY SPIRIT, FOR CHANGING ME, SLOWING ME DOWN AND SHOWING ME THE (REAL) MATTERS IN LIFE… PASTOR FRANK, I LOVE YOU. HAVE A BLESSED DAY! RUNNING THE RACE. USE ME LORD, GUIDE ME WHERE YOU WANT ME TO GO! HALLELUJAH! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  3. Pastor Frank, I have to say your church and words have been a blessing to both my wife and I. In the past couple of years I would have thought that the finish line was so far away and at a crawling pace I would never reach it. April 26th, 2015 has changed our lives forever. My wife and I, saved and rededicated, we took a step forward that showed us the light and for the first time ever i feel like my finish line was reachable. We found strength to overcome every obstacle that weighed us down. We’ve experienced changes that normally would seem negative but only shown the light/positivety putting all burden at Christ feet. Baptized in November of 2015, we feel nurtured and lavished with his grace. This is the church we belong and GOD has his way there. We look forward to running this race until he comes and to dive head first using the lives GOD gave us to pour out into others. Thank you so much 🤗😇

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