When we realize that what God offers as victory is easy, because we become free, and what man offers as victory is impossible, because we are enslaved, we finally “get it.”
The world offers up material goals that keep us all on a treadmill trying in vain to reach the carrot just a few yards a head of us. We do all we can to get it, too often leaving behind family, friends, and quiet time. We sacrifice day and night for the elusive prize. Those of us who are “fortunate” enough to get the carrot find that as soon as we devour it a new and bigger “treat” is placed ahead of us and off we go again, the treadmill spinning wildly with the most recent material victory in the rear view mirror, well out of our mind.
God offers things the world cannot: true peace, true joy, and true victory. His rewards bring us happiness that lasts. They also help us embrace the type of truths that can smooth the bumpy ride of life for us, with our loved ones, our friends and our co-workers.
Talk to people who are financially successful…very few are ever truly happy and fewer still can get off their treadmill. After all there are still more treats to chase after!
Then talk to people who are mature in their faith. They too are successful but in a different way. They have successfully run a different race, a race to achieve the goals that our loving Father has for each of us. Goals designed to bring out the best in us and achieve true happiness for us. Along the way they also have accumulated enough material things to bring them worldly joy because their Father has blessed them for their obedience and commitment.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.…” Hebrews 12:1,2