I am in a book discussion group with Linda and Venus (a new Facebook friend from China) on D.A. Carson's work Praying With Paul: A Call to Spiritual Reformation. In Paul's opening lines to the church at Colossae, he tells them that they will share in a future inheritance because God has qualified them through the work of His Son, Jesus Christ. (Colossians 1:12-14)
In my last blog I talked about how God sent people on journeys in the Old Testament. Being willing to go where God told you to go was a test of faithfulness in the Old Testament. In the New Testament, the journey to God / Christlikeness/Eternal life is likened to a race.
In a track and field race there are qualifying heats. If you don't get into a top position in your heat, you do not advance to the next race because you did not "qualify."
In our Kingdom race the only way to even make it to the starting line of the event is to "qualify" to run the race. Because we are too impeded by sin to qualify, God has provided a qualifier for us and that qualifier is his son, Jesus. Why is Jesus able to qualify us? He is not impeded by sin; He never sinned. We can appropriate that sinless life by embracing the life, death and resurrection of Jesus for our own life. We do this by faith. Once we do this, we are qualified for the race.
At this point we can step up to the starting line because we are qualified to race. Only Jesus and those Jesus has qualified can stand at the starting line. No faith in the work of Jesus, no qualification. Period.
Sometimes people believe and trust Jesus and instead of stepping up to the starting line they sit in the bleachers or hang out in the infield. They assume qualifying is enough to win or finish a race! But alas, they never ran the race!
Maybe you have trusted Christ but you did not realize there is more to the race then just getting qualified.
I urge you to get into the race. Here are some great verses to encourage you to run full out for Jesus.
I Corinthians 9:24-27
II Timothy 4:7-8
Jesus paid a big price to qualify us, so let's get running! I leave you with my favorite section of the Bible, Hebrews 12:1-2