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Daily Devotional for July 23rd
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Hebrews 12:1
In every generation and all across the world, God has always had a people. Even though living for God may not be popular in many places, there is a great multitude of people who not only love God, but are willing to give their lives for Him in need be. Not only does the Lord want you as His own, but He also desires to use you in this world greatly!
Most of us look in the mirror and question God’s willingness to use someone as ourselves, but He does! Paul uses the imagery of running in a marathon race here in this verse. It’s interesting how he declares that we are compassed about with witness the same way that marathon runners run in a stadium with the audience looking on and cheering them on! This Christian life is a lot like a relay race though; the first person sprints around the track and finishes their lap and then hands the baton off to the next person in line! This is how it is with every believer. The church of earlier generations has already run their race.
Down through the years we read of men and women who were used in great ways! We read of Peter, Paul, Silas and Timothy just to name a few. We see how God took average men and turned the world upside down! Most of us don’t think God will use us in that way. The truth is, there is an earth-shaking Jesus living inside all believers, so there is no way you can be less than a world changer! Your calling is no less than anyone else’s. If you will surrender unto God’s call in your life, then the power of God will work in and through you to accomplish His purpose in the world.
Even though Peter, James and John are gone, it does not mean that God has quit working in the world. It’s our time now! Today is your opportunity to let God’s light shine through you! God so desires to work through you in the world. The first disciples ran their race. They lived their lives for Jesus! Today they are reaping the rewards of living for the King! Now is yours! The rewards are wonderful and eternal! Don’t think for a moment that your work is no needed! God needs you friend! If you will seize this moment in your life and surrender to the call of Jesus to “follow me,” then He will bring forth a work in your life that only He can do!
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