Welcome to the first installment of “Revelations from the Word,” a new sub-category of Religion here at Brian A. Thomas .com. In it, I’ll share personal insights I gleamed by reading the Word, or insights I got from others and felt I needed to share.
This installment I call, “The Runner Prepares Before He Runs.” Before I get to the story, we’ll start with our Text:
Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? run in such a way that you may obtain it. 1 Corinthians 9:24, NKJV
After school let out, I went to my church and attended Healing School. Afterwards, I had time to go get something to eat and was going to go to McDonald’s, but one of my friends said “How about Subway?” So I said yes, and off to Subway we went. (I know, me at Subway, but it was a divine appointment in the end.)While pulling into the gas station at which it was at, we see one of our other friends getting gas, and she joins us. While my one friend and I ate, she gave a wonderful illustration of casting things aside, preparing yourself for God and the race He has set for you to run (I’ll paraphrase the story below):
When a racer is going to race, he gets ready on the sidelines, in the preparation area. He stretches and warms up, he takes off his sweat pants and shirt. Only then does he get in the starting block and gets set for the gun to race. You don’t see a racer running down the race track trying to get out of his sweats. It is important to prepare yourself for the race as much as it is to run the race well.
How incredibly wonderful is that revelation? We need to cast aside the things of this world that are not of God. We need to step into faith in God. As it was noted in Healing School that day, “Faith is our home field advantage.” We all too often become burdened by our cares and concerns in this life, but Christ said:
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and My burden is light. Mathew 11:28-30, NKJV
Cast your cares upon Jesus and have faith in God. Then you can run the race and have victory through God and over all the things of this world.