Running the Race as a Winner
I Peter 1:3-9
When our legs are tired and our breathing is labored, we keep running because we were made to know God; to be his friend and walk with him – to talk with him in divine fellowship. Wisdom is knowing and accurately relating the truth we know about God to our own lives. He invites us to be justified (not held accountable) and glorified (re-created in his image) and conformed to the image of his Son. We lift our spiritual eyes up and see God in the character of Yeshua/Jesus. We aren’t content to simply know about the strength of his power, we experience his power as we mount up with wings as eagles[i] and soar on the power of his Spirit. When an eagle sours it doesn’t flap its wings to keep its heavy body in the air; it rests on the air currents in effortless ascent. We soar on the power of Yeshua/Jesus when we rest on the power of the Spirit of God in unforced movement upward toward our goal. As the eagle isn’t suspended from the sky and constantly moves on a power greater than its own; we forever move upward toward the image of our Creator – on the power of his Spirit anchored to his strength.
Prayer: O Lord, you reign in my heart. You are clothed with majesty; you have girded yourself with strength. Surely the world is established so that it cannot be moved. Your throne is established from of old; you are from everlasting. I will know you intimately and deeply Lord. You have invited me to be your friend and walk with you and talk with you. You, who are the great King eternal, have called me friend. I lift up my hands to you in grateful praise. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.
[i] Isiah 40:31