Run the Race Well

Hebrews 12:1-3

The Bible compares the Christian life to a foot race. We need to understand, it is more like a marathon than a sprint, and as Christians, we need to finish the race well.

> How do we run the race well? By running hard to the end!
Commitment, Sacrifice, Rearranging our priorities not just giving our spare time/
We must be ALL in!

> Why do we run the race well?
Because we love our Savior! Romans 5:8
Because we do not want to be disqualified! I Corinthians 9:24-27
Because we will receive a reward! 2 Timothy 4:6-8

> What is the basis for race rewards? FAITHFULNESS! I Corinthians 4:1-2

> Who decides who gets what rewards? JESUS CHRIST! 2 Corinthians 5:10

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Perfected Love

I John 2:3-6

“Perfected love” - meaning our “love of God” and how that love matures and grows. What does our growing and maturing love for God look like?

v. 3-4 Experiential knowledge - How can we know?

This is our moral test/ our obedience test and is a strong indicator of faith. Is there a hunger and desire to obey God? Our fruit, our desires, will demonstrate our love for God.

Scripture references: 2 Timothy 1:12 and Matthew 7:21-23

v. 5 - How do we grow?

This is our attitude test. What is our attitude toward God’s Word? We have to be willing to do God’s will or He won’t reveal it to us.

Scripture references: I John 4:19, Psalm 119:105, and John 14:15

v. 6 - Abide in Christ - How we show - we walk in the Lord’s footsteps.

Scripture references: John 15:1-5 and Proverbs 28:13

The Christian life is a maturing/growing/perfecting process!