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Wednesday, June 19, 2013
"Keeping the Torch Lit"
"I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift" Ecclesiastes 9:11
The Greeks had a race in their Olympic games that was unique. The winner was not the runner who finished first. It was the runner who finished with his torch still lit. I want to run all the way with the flame of my torch still lit for Him. It is important then that I guard the flame.
Are you on fire for the Lord? Is your heart hot for Him? This race is not for the swift, or for the gifted; it is a race for those who can keep the fire of the love of Christ burning in their heart. The Apostle Paul spent an awful amount of time in Roman jails, and to some it would seem he was not getting the job done. Yet, while Paul seemed to be sidelined during his race, his heart was aflame for Christ. Paul wrote things like, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ," and "And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour" (Eph 1:3; 5:2). Remember, he wrote these words while in prison! His heart stayed hot for God. When Paul penned the words, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith" (2 Timothy 4:7), his torch was still lit! Paul finished his race on fire for the Lord.
How can we run a full race for Jesus and cross the finish line with our torch still lit?
Keep the joy of your salvation."Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation" (Isaiah 12:2,3).
Don't lose the joy of being saved! Go back to the well and remember how thirsty you were when you first came to the Lord. Do you recall what you used to be? Do you remember the joy you had when you realized that God would love a sinner such as you, and cleanse you and change you? Go back to that well and draw up a bucket full of that cool water and drink it!
Keep yourself in close relationship to Jesus."And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her" (Luke 10:41,42).
Martha was busy serving Jesus, but she was cumbered, or burdened, while she worked because she had not taken time to be close to Jesus. It is one thing to serve Him; it’s another thing to love Him. If we focus on what we are doing for Him, we will soon get our eyes on what others are not doing, and soon we will be running but the fire will be out. However, if we stay in love with Jesus, we will serve Him with joy and gladness!
Stay holy."Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven" (Matthew 5:14-16).
We must keep our lights burning in this dark world. We must not let the bushel of wordliness shut out our light. Sin will hid your light from the world. Stay clean and pure.
May we be determined to run our race with patience, and keep the torch lit all the way!