DayBreaks for 6/13/16 – To Stand Beside the King
There is an old story about the Greek Marathon. Muscular, conditioned runners paced nervously near the starting line for the long-distance race. The time was near. They “shook out” their muscles, inhaled deeply, and put on their “game faces.” In the midst of it all, a young stranger took his place at the starting line. His physique was awesome. Taking no notice of the other contestants, he stared straight ahead. Two prizes would be awarded the winner of the Marathon: a magnificent bouquet of flowers and the honor of standing beside the king until the conclusion of other contests. There seemed to be no question among the runners about who would win the prize. It is alleged that the stranger was offered money not to run. Someone else attempted to bribe him with property. Refusing the offers, he toed the mark and awaited the signal to run. When the signal was given, he was the first away. At the finish line, he was the first to cross, well ahead of the rest. When it was all done, someone asked the young man if he thought the flowers were worth as much as the money and property he had refused. He replied, “I did not enter the race for the flowers. I ran so that I could stand beside my king!”
Again, the woman who “intruded” into the Pharisee’s house apparently had one thing on her mind. She wanted to stand beside her king.
We might do things for a wide variety of motivations, some good, some bad. Some confess faith in Christ because it is expected of them. Some may do it more as a social engagement. Those who do so will not last in the race to the finish. We need a motivation that will stand the tests of life. Can you imagine what it would be like some day to stand beside Jesus?
Run the race so you can stand beside your King!
PRAYER: Jesus, we long to finish the race and stand beside our King. Help us to persevere, run well and may we one day stand in your presence! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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