Had just the greatest time yesterday exchanging stories with a friend about what God has done for us and encouraging one another in the faith. I just can’t seem to stop be amazed about how God’s favor truly rests on His children.
It just seems strange though, how even though our words really impacted one another and are obviously important, it is the life behind the words that really add value to them. Yet the life behind my words are only what others assume my life is, based on what they see; and even though I fight the good fight of faith daily I can’t help but feel hypocritical when I share stories of what God has done in my life.
In the song All The Same by Tenth Avenue North they sing about how we as Christians seem to forget what we know. For me it just hits the nail right on the head, because we know we struggle with different things as we strive to be like Jesus, yet when we teach, it is as if the knowledge of our struggles disappear. Or even as we look at others we seem to want to throw stones when those exact stones actually seem more meant for us.
The conclusion I can draw from this really makes me smile, because it is the grace of God that enables us to teach His message even though our lives doesn’t always represent it. It doesn’t mean we don’t strive to be like Jesus, it just means that we are human. Just because we teach it doesn’t mean we haven’t struggled with it or aren’t still struggling with it or maybe even will struggle with it.
Yet the grace of God enables us to stand up and encourage one another as we run this race.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.
… not that we don’t fall or have weight that slows us down, but hey, we’ll never stop running with everything we are to be like Him more and more each day.