Run the Race

Happy Wednesday! “Then fourteen years later I went back to Jerusalem again, this time with Barnabas; and Titus came along, too. I went there because God revealed to me that I should go. While I was there I met privately with those considered to be leaders of the church and shared with them the message I had been preaching to the Gentiles. I wanted to make sure that we were in agreement, for fear that all my efforts had been wasted and I was running the race for nothing. And they supported me and did not even demand that my companion Titus be circumcised, though he was a Gentile.” Galatians 1:1-3NLT

Paul was lead by God to share the gospel message with the leaders. He wanted to ensure the message he preached before was still as strong as before, that through faith in Jesus Christ – that both Jews and Gentiles (non-Jews) are accepted by God without any separation by circumcision.

God loved us so much, that he sent his son so that we become one in Christ Jesus – that we would all be reconciled to God regardless of our birth identity/ethnicity.  Let us demonstrate that love to our brothers and sisters for we are all one in Christ Jesus. Let’s look beyond the things that divide and seek God first. Stay focused – run the race!

Father God,  thank you for putting the right people in our path. Thank you for sending brothers and sisters in the faith to strengthen and encourage those spreading the gospel to a broken world. Thank you for helping us to dig deep into our faith, for equipping us with your strength and power, and guiding us in love. Lord, today, continue to build our character and strip away things that are keeping us from seeking you first. Help us to prioritize our life as we put you first. Give us a humble heart to serve the needy, a heart of compassion to love like you and a mindset to discern right from wrong, safe from unsafe, peace from unrest. Be with us as we go throughout the day and help us to trust you more than we did yesterday. Help up us run the race. In Jesus name, Amen!

Keep seeking! Keep trusting! Keep praying!

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