Oftentimes I find myself just trying to meet the status quo or making sure I’m doing more than the average person in regards to the spiritual life. (so much pride left to conquer) The spiritual life is about one thing and one thing only: becoming more like Christ as soon as possible.
The “race” metaphor Paul uses can only go so far. You see in a race we need to finish before our competitors. Sometimes pride tricks us into believing we are running with all our might towards the goal but really we are just trying to do more than others. Peter is one example that can help us to defeat this attitude in our life. When Peter and His friends were fishing the Lord appeared to them walking on the beach. Peter was so filled with devotion so filled with a passionate love for Christ that he couldn’t wait for the boat to get to shore. He jumps out and swims to Jesus. Peter knew what the goal was. The goal is relationship with Jesus. This also shows us a deep humility. Peter needed Jesus. We unfortunately can find ourselves in the “boat of mediocrity.” Jesus calls to us from the shore. Don’t wait. Jump out and swim to the Lord.
Let us Race to Jesus each day as if it were the only thing that really matters because in all honesty it is the only thing that really matters. Run to Him with all your might!
For God so loved the world that He gave his only-begotten Son… John 3:16