Desperately Sue looked around at her life. She was about to turn fifty! Nothing, and I mean nothing, had worked out like she thought it would. Over the years, she lost as much as she gained, and in her mind failure and success broke even. Suddenly, she wondered why she was here. She sank in discouragement. She had been taught to read the Word of God whenever she began feeling down, so she sat down and dug in.
The first verse rang like a gong in her mind…
“Beloved, I wish above all things that ye prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospers.” 3 John 2
Wow, she had a home, a family and a wonderful husband. She didn’t lack anything physically. No, she hadn’t run that marathon yet, but there was still time. The goal had shaped her destiny though, because she now ran everyday. The goal to be in marathon shaped had changed her into a strong healthy lady.
“Now the Lord is Spirit: where they Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” 2 Corinthians 4:17
God had re-calibrated Sue’s motives and heart back when she first learned of Him. Nothing was the same when she realized that He loved her. Something is only worth what someone is willing to pay, God paid for her with the life of His son and she melted and watched the bonds of guilt slip off. There was no need to fight or resist God. God is the good guy. He gave her eternal life just so He could show her His goodness for ages and ages to come. Wow! That is a lot to be thankful for!
Sue continued reading…
“For we know that if our earthly house of [this] tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:” 2 Corinthians 5:1-2
No, she hadn’t run that marathon physically yet, but she still had all of eternity with God ahead of her. To measure her life in increments as binding as physical age, inhibits the boundlessness of God and His gift of eternal life! Oh, how wrong she had been! This was only the first day of the rest of eternity!
She read on…
“7(For we walk by faith and not by sight:)….
9 Wherefore we labor that whether present or absent, we be accepted of Him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat (bēma, which is a raised platform like in the Olympics. It is meant for the giving of awards) of Christ; that ever one may receive the things don in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” 2 Corinthians 7, 9 &10
“16 Wherefore henceforth know (perceive with the senses) we no man after the flesh; yea, though we have known (ginōskō to have experiencially known) Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know (ginōskō) we him no more.
17 Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, (born again) [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
18 And all things [are] of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing (calculating) their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation (re-connection). 20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech [you] by us: we pray [you] in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. 21 For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.”
The answer stared up at Sue as a smile marched across her chin. On that bema platform, she would have her day. She would run THIS race. She would answer for the times that she stood for God. Her earthly goals were important, yes, but not more so than the great calling and job of helping Jesus Christ in his ministry of reconciliation. Priorities and truth swam together in the pool of hope. She is a new creation! Billions of cells in the universe called, Sue, had been divinely touched with a purpose, a calling, a hope and a ministry.
Sue knew why she was here, she knew how to keep going!
“For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction which is but for a moment worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen but at the thing which are not seen: bur the things which are seen are temporal; bu the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Cor. 4:16-18
God bless you today!