Then, Pastor Robert Madu preached…
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.
2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.[a] Because of the joy[b] awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.
5 Whatever Saul asked David to do, David did it successfully. So Saul made him a commander over the men of war, an appointment that was welcomed by the people and Saul’s officers alike.
6 When the victorious Israelite army was returning home after David had killed the Philistine, women from all the towns of Israel came out to meet King Saul. They sang and danced for joy with tambourines and cymbals.[a] 7 This was their song:
“Saul has killed his thousands,
and David his ten thousands!”
8 This made Saul very angry. “What’s this?” he said. “They credit David with ten thousands and me with only thousands. Next they’ll be making him their king!”
9 So from that time on Saul kept a jealous eye on David.
–1 Samuel 18:5-9
– In order to run our race well, we should put our eyes on Jesus BUT Saul put his eyes on David!
Question: Who are you racing? From who are you taking your pace?
– When involved in a ‘comparison game’, you are in the same spot as when you started (like on a threadmill).
– The enemy’s first weapon of distraction is ‘comparison’ (what cost Luficer his position as the ‘angel of worship’ was his comparison to God and wanting to be worshipped like God) and Satan is using ‘comparison’ to “kill our joy, steal our peace and destroy destiny”.
“For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.” –2 Corinthians 10:12
=> Comparison is opposite from wisdom.
Comparison will consistently cloud the call of God on your life. –Robert Madu
– Everything God has called us to do, He has already put in us.
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” –Ephesians 2:10
=> We are a masterpiece created by God 🙂
When we run a race, we need to stick to our own lanes:
– Notice that a lane is marked by 2 lines.
– For us as believers, when we run our race, the 2 lines have the following meanings:
1. The first line represents Christ – we should become more Christ-like as we run our race.
2. The second line represents us – we should be unique and unlike anyone else, except ourselves! 😀
Have you been blessed before?
Have you been blessed so much that the brightness of the blessing blinds you to the blesser?
– When we become blinded by the brightness of the blessing, it becomes a curse instead.
“This made Saul very angry. “What’s this?” he said. “They credit David with ten thousands and me with only thousands. Next they’ll be making him their king!”“-1 Samuel 18:8
=> Comparison always starts with “But me”.
– Saul compared himself to David: David killed more people than me?!
– Instead of counting your blessings, you end up comparing your blessings to what others have and becoming disgruntled with God.
– Comparison starts with “But me”: People with “But Me” glasses cannot celebrate the victory of others.
– Comparison ends with 2 evil twins, “pride” and “envy”.
– “Pride” and “Envy” are conceived in the world of comparison:
1. Pride makes you think you’re superior to others.
2. Envy makes you jealous of others.
=> Both are lethal because you focus on yourself instead of Jesus.
– With social MEdia, more and more people are looking to the screens of their phones/computers as their mirrors of acceptance, going,
“Mirror, mirror on Facebook,
Tell me how my life is supposed to look.
Mirror, mirror on Instagram,
Tell me who I really am.’”
– How would our lives look if we look to and reflect upon the Word of God?
– As believers, we should focus on Jesus so that we focus on running our race for Him.
– It’s time to look ahead, focus on Jesus and run the race He has put in our lives well.
What about you?
Are you looking left and right as you run your race?
You’re unique, why be like the guy on your left and/or right?? 😉