People all over the world are celebrating the Queen’s seventy-year reign.
They refer mainly to her devotion to duty.
Stephen Cottrell, the Archbishop of York gave the sermon at St Paul’s Cathedral and made no excuses for preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. He said “Sometimes people say to me that the Christian faith is just a prop. I couldn’t agree more. I’m not ashamed to say I lean on Jesus Christ, that I’m trying to live close to his heart”
He went on to speak of the Queen’s loyalty and said “Thank you for staying the course. Thank you, for continuing to be faithful to the pledges you made 70 years ago.”
It is true to say, that the Queen has stayed true to what she believed to be her calling. There were times she longed to know what it was like to be an ‘ordinary person’ to go shopping or for a walk alone by the river. She expressed as much to a close friend. But she denied herself to keep true to her duty.
As Christians, our ‘course’ can sometimes feel like a boxing match, fighting off the things Satan throws in our face, to stop us from finishing the course we started. The Apostle Paul even called it a ‘FIGHT’ “I have fought the good fight I have finished the course. I have kept the faith”” (2Timothy 4:7).
We see people stumbling over the finishing-line of a race, sweating, exhausted, gasping for breath, just to hear applause and to receive the winning trophy: a trophy that will jade over time, and they forgotten until the next winner of a race.
We will never be praised by a Bishop. We’ll never be applauded by a crowd. But if we finish our course, we will be by The King of Kings and to hear Him say ‘Well done! You made it! You finished the course! You passed the test! Here is your trophy. Your crown….
“There is laid up for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord will award me on that Day” (2 Timothy 4:8).
“Blessed is the one who perseveres, he will receive the crown of life” (James 1:12).
SO PRESS ON! I am determined to receive my crown from the Master! “I press towards the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14).
Jesus was the ultimate example in showing how to finish a course when He said… “IT IS FINISHED” (John 19:30).
He’d done it! It was over. He had paid the price for sin to save our soul from death.
“Run the race with endurance, fixing your eyes on Jesus” (Hebrews 12:1,2).
“Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we faint not” (Galatians 6:9).
These days, so many are dropping out of the race. The Apostle Paul said to the Galatians “You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth?” (5:7).
They were being ‘hindered’ by voices of ‘persuasion’.
Dictionary definition of Persuasion: the process of persuading someone to do or believe something
“I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments” (Colossians 2:4).
You may feel out of breath! You may feel exhausted! You may feel at this unsettling time that you are not going to make it to the finishing line! But just as long as that’s all you do – feel like that!
“You were tired out by the length of your road. Yet, you did not say, ‘It is hopeless’ You found renewed strength, therefore you did not faint“‘ (Isaiah 57:10).
God bless, Christine.
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