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Monday, August 13, 2007

A Christian’s Life Journey

Read Hebrews 11:1-40

One of my favorite Christian songwriter/singers is Steven Green. His songs are like mini sermons. Look at the words to this one:

“We’re pilgrims on the journey of a narrow road. And those who’ve gone before us line the way. Cheering on the faithful, encouraging the weary, their lives a stirring testament to God’s sustaining grace. Surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses. Let us run the race not only for the prize, but as those who’ve gone before us let us leave to those behind us the heritage of faithfulness passed on through Godly lives.

Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful. May the fire of our devotion light their way. May the footprints that we leave lead them to believe and the lives we live inspire them to obey.

After all our hopes and dreams have come and gone and our children sift through all we’ve left behind, may the clues that they discover and the memories they uncover become the light that leads them to the road we each must climb.”

Part of the purpose of a Christian’s life journey is to set an example for those coming after them.

My application Bible says that Faith is the conviction based on past experience that God’s new and fresh surprises will surely become. So we look at God’s history. We look at the journeys of the great and not so great Christian characters in the Bible. We look at Godly people in our church body.

Our journey, our walk, is a walk of faith. All we really know is where we’ll end up as a believer – in Heaven with God. But, we don’t know what twists, turns or trials we will encounter along the way.

We set out in faith, trusting God to see us through. Everything that happens to us along the way can be for our growth and God’s glory if we have the right attitude and remember we are examples to someone else.

The faithful people listed in the book of Hebrews died before they ever saw the promise of Christ’s coming: “they were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised.” (vs.39)

This says to me that the journey itself is what’s important. Going in the right direction, trusting God and then inspiring others through our lives so they too can “run the race.”

All the people in this chapter kept their eyes on God’s promises and stayed the course. And God listed them by name in His book.

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