Recently Beth and I took up a crazy notion to go run a long way with 32,000 other people. Most of them seemed sane which is odd considering what they signed up to do. “Hey, what do you say we pay money to go run for miles with thousands of other nut cases? Yeah it will take up an entire weekend and cost hundreds of dollars in travel, hotel, meals and medical treatment. Oh yeah, we will also need to train for months to prepare so that we don’t die on the course. This will involve running for miles and miles every week. Did I mention that this is one of the hilliest tracks on the circuit? What do you think?” Sign me up!
Months later we found ourselves on a shuttle bus (had to get up at 3:30 to catch the darn thing) being transported to the starting line. And then it hit me. “This is a lot like the Christian’s journey. Here we are headed to the start of a long run and everyone has his or her “game face” on.
Everyone also looks prepared. I mean there are some nice outfits on display here. The finest, lightest running shoes, matching shorts and tops, bandanas, i-pods, etc. Everyone was decked out like an Olympic athlete. Ah but everything is not as it seems. Only a short while later the carnage was evident. Unprepared runners with the finest running styles and equipment began dropping like flies along the course. The posers were exposed.
Its not enough to look like a runner; you have to actually be a runner.
Here in the South, it is very popular to go to church and look spiritual. We have the lingo down; we carry the latest most fashionable bibles. We know the names to drop and the events to attend. The problem for many is that on “that day” they will be exposed as posers.
Not everyone who says to me ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord’ did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will say to them plainly, ‘I never know you. Away from me, you evil-doers!’ Matthew 7:21-23
May we each run the race to win the prize and not deceive others or ourselves.
Running with you for a heavenly reward,