Running on Empty
Updated: Aug 28, 2019
Every Christian has a God-ordained role: "For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do" (Ephesians 2:10). Indeed, if we aren’t doing the work that God has prepared for us, then our faith is called dead! (James 2:20).
We often use the term ‘walk’ to describe our Christian life: we pray for prodigals in their ‘walk,’ we feel convicted when our ‘walk’ isn’t as it should be, and we ask friends “how is your walk with The Lord?" However, the apostle Paul uses very different language; he refers to the Christian life as a ‘race' to be ran - hard and fast - with strict training, aiming to win the prize as a competitive athlete (1 Cor 9:24-27). That’s far from a walk in the park!
Living a God-ordained life is hard for many reasons: the bar is set as high as Christ’s sinless life, we are sinners, the world presents a multitude of options that are counter-Christian, we perceive that we are the underdogs or minority, and we feel the reality of being counter-cultural when we strive to live as God wants us to live.
So how can we run a race with strict training and enough gusto to be a serious competitor without getting exhausted, side-tracked, or discouraged along the way? We need different types of fuel at different stages of the race, all of which is free to Christians.
This month’s live seminar (July 13th, Wallingford, PA) is a deep dive into running the race that has been prepared for us as we strive to live a life pleasing to God. We will review the different requirements of the Christian walk/run, our various sources of fuel, and when and how to fuel-up to empower a long-term, high-functioning, high-yielding life for Christ.
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do; forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus (Phil 3:12-14).
Seminar: Salvation and Sanctification, from starting blocks to finishing line.
When: 8:30am-11:30am, Saturday July 13th, 2019
Where: 1018 Beech Road, Wallingford, PA
Cost: Free - but registration is required. Click the events tab above to register.