This week we finished what has been an excellent series. Spending three weeks looking at the things we need ‘For The Journey’ of discipleship and finishing with ‘Go, and keep going!’
The journey of discipleship isn’t a 100m sprint but is a marathon and is more about finishing the race rather than clocking the best time. The key to this is found in Hebrews 12:11 “And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”
We all know people who’ve quit; in fact we have all quit something at one time or another, going to the gym, healthy eating etc. Perseverance isn’t just the key to breakthrough; it’s the key to consistency.
We need to honour the Word; in fact, the Word deserves double honour. 1 Timothy 5:17 “The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honour, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.” How do we do this? Well; We honour the Word when it is read, heard, taught and applied.
The Word has been sent to us to be our checkpoints; checkpoints that for us come every Sunday in the form of the messages that are preached from the stage. These checkpoints are like those in a marathon used by the runners, to assess where we are, how far we’ve come, how much further we need to go, the speed we need to be travelling at… Checkpoints to assess whether or not I am running the race that I intended to run. So often we think that the message on a Sunday should blow us off of our seat; if it’s an excellent message and really well delivered, then we’ll listen. But sometimes, what we actually need is a fine toothed comb to capture the tiny little bits that the big broom would miss.
When we hear what is spoken on Sunday, and then apply that to our lives, we honour the word. Honouring the Word is not only something you give, but something that is also rewarded.
So Sunday’s Takeaway: Don’t be a fun runner; someone who’s in it for a laugh otherwise the journey may cause you to become a quitter. If you’re willing to fight through the pain and persevere, you will receive the crown that God has for you, and you will hear the words, “well done good and faithful servant.”