TITLE: The Race to Commitment
By Sheila Mills
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The Race to Commitment-Get Ready, Get Set, and Go!
True commitment to our destined purpose is a journey of life’s mini-races, not an event. Each new day is an invitation to begin life’s race from a freshly drawn starting line from which to run forward to embrace our moments of a destined future in Christ. The best part of the invitation is that unlike in a natural race competition, the spiritual race to commitment is non-competitive. God assures us in Ecclesiastes 9:11 (NIV) …. “the race is not to the swift…but time and chance happeneth to them all.”The runner in the race to commitment must have a settled mind to faithfully follow that which he knows to be true.
True commitment requires a continuous attitude of “get ready, get set, and go” at each of our starting lines of life. Every individual’s race to commitment must begin with the personal determination to finish the race before it actually begins. How is this possible? The race to commitment is a personal journey of discovering our starting point and visioning our destination before the first move. So how do you finish a race before it actually begins? Take a moment and picture yourself standing within inches of a race’s starting line. At this moment, what is your most prominent thought? Finishing. Our Brother Paul witnesses the “finishing at the beginning” when he declares in Philippians 3:12-14 (NIV) “ Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
We must remember that God created each of us as a “finished work” in the beginning of time. Each of us must embrace the set course that God destined for our lives. We must run our race to commitment with a determined purpose that He who began a good work in us will bring it to completion not to competition.
The race to commitment requires that we not only be prepared to run in our own lane but that we take a stand. The runner must take a firm stand at the starting line or not at all. Our taking a stand at the starting line of the race to commitment is the anchor that binds us to the finishing line. Get ready, get set, and go!
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