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Wednesday, January 11, 2012


Finish!“But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God. ”     Acts 20:24

The 1969 Olympics were held in Mexico City.  The last event of the Olympics was the marathon.  There were 75 runners that began that 26-mile race.  The marathon is a brutal test of endurance, and only 56 runners finished.

Mamo Wolde of Ethiopia came across the finish line first in 2:20:26.  The crowd of thousands greeted him with cheers and excitement.  After the race was over and the award ceremony was completed, a few hundred people were still in the stadium when they noticed a lone figure limping up the track toward the finish line.  He was bleeding badly from both legs and in obvious pain.  It was hard to see since the sun had already set, but it soon was realized that the runner's right leg was out of joint.  As he crossed the finish line, that small group of spectators greeted him with cheering.  His name was John Steven Akhwari.  He was the Olympian representing Tanzania.  He entered that stadium bruised, bleeding and bandaged.  The crowd could not believe their eyes.  Akhwari had finished the marathon in 3:25:27, an hour after the first runner had crossed the line.  When asked why he didn't quit Akhwari said, "My country did not send me 5,000 miles to start this race. My country sent me 5,000 miles to finish this race."

We have been sent by our Saviour into this world to finish the race.  God has called us to "run with patience the race" that He has set before us.  God does not want us to merely start the race, but He wants us to finish!  You may be bruised, broken and bandaged but keep limping on. Don't quit! Don't quit! Don't quit!

Johnson Oatman, Jr., the hymn writer, put it so well when he penned, "I'm pressing on the upward way, new heights I'm gaining every day."  He then said, "My heart has no desire to stay where doubts arise and fears dismay; tho' some may dwell where these abound, my prayer, my aim, is higher ground."

Christian, stay in the race!  Keep pressing; keep running!

Study verses - Ecclesiastes 9:11; 1 Corinthians 9:24; Hebrews 12:1; John 4:34; II Timothy 4:7

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Previous devotions

Meeting New Goals - January 4, 2011
Meeting New Goals - December 28, 2011
The Word Made Flesh - December 21, 2011
Sonship - December 14, 2011
Fruit in Old Age - December 7, 2011
Dangers of Multi-tasking - November 30, 2011
Ingratitude - November 22, 2011
"Wash! Wash! Wash!" - November 16, 2011
"The Pastor" - November 9, 2011
"Value of a Name" - November 2, 2011
"Anger" - October 26, 2011
"A Gratitude Attitude" - October 12, 2011
"The Hunter" - October 5, 2011
"Be Filled" - September 28, 2011
"Do YOUR Job" - September 21, 2011
"A Praying Church" - September 14, 2011

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Words of Truth - January 11, 2012