Jogging with Jesus
As we start out this week, may we be reminded again of the wonderful love and grace of Jesus. Communion on Sunday helped us zero in and today, as I reflect, that time still resonates in my heart and mind. There was something special about Sunday that really spoke to me. I felt the love and assurance that we have in Christ and how He is with us. His presence was very real to me Sunday.
It is Tuesday and two days removed from when we meet, but we can celebrate afresh and anew that the price has been paid, the way made clear. His love has been made real and accessible through His sacrifice at Calvary. As we mediate on it as believers, that love becomes overwhelming as Paul writes, “Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? … No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:31-39 NLT).
The “father of lies” John 8:44 (NIV) will come and try snatch away the confidence and joy we have in Christ, based on circumstances and emotional ups and downs. Don’t listen. We must keep our eyes focused on “the author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2 KJV). Remember, in Jesus’ ministry and life, He presented truth. He showed love and compassion and He endured pain. As the Psalmist declares, “The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold” (Psalm 18:2 NIV).
When I used to jog daily (believe it or not 10 kilometres a day), my attitude before I started out played an important role in the run I had. If I was positive, looking forward to the run, enjoying the day, usually things went much smoother. It had a greater positive impact on me mentally and physically. My friends, let’s start out our days with Jesus the same way. Let the truth of His love, His sacrifice and His unending presence empower us as we start our day with Him. He loves you and wants you to experience His joy. Let’s put on our joggers and run with Him!
God bless you and keep you in His grace – Pastor Ralph