Our life is like a marathon to the heavenly kingdom. Just as the end of a matter is better than the beginning, we likewise have to persist to our final destination, where our heavenly Father awaits to take us home. What can we do to ensure that we continue forward in this heavenly journey?
- Get rid of sin.
“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” (Heb 12:1)
Lord Jesus promised that as long as we confess our sins, He is faithful to forgive us (1 John 1:8-9). Have confidence in God’s power and in His love. Because of His love, we can continue our journey burden-free.
- Pursue spiritual fulfillment.
“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10b)
The spiritually hungry are a vulnerable target to Satan, who is a roaring lion looking for prey to devour. Jesus promises us abundant life, which is a promise obtained simply through spiritual eating and drinking. When we are satisfied by the Lord, we will want to draw closer to Him and to serve Him; we will lose our desire for sin.
- Find spiritual friends.
“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up.” (Ecc 4:9-10)
Our spiritual journey consists not only of attending church services, but also of fellowship with brothers and sisters. Through fellowship, the church becomes a big family in which every member has a part. Be a spiritual friend to those around you! Do not let anyone lag behind to become prey to the lurking Amalekites, who represent the lusts of the flesh (Deut 25:17-18).
As our daily lives continue, keep yourself from falling into spiritual complacency. Lift each other up; strive for righteousness, faith, love, and peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart (2 Tim 2:22). Just as a runner has need for endurance, we, too, must persist until the end of our journey of life, whenever that may be. Then, we will be able to look on with certainty as we cross life’s finish line: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day” (2 Tim 4:7-8)!