“How-ever, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me─the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.” Acts 20:24 (NIV)
As a ten year old, I entered a race requiring me to put a raw egg on a tablespoon. The task. Get to the finish line without the egg falling off the bowl of the spoon.
Standing at the starting line with several other children, the gun goes off and I head for the finish line. Holding the spoon as steady as possible, I was determined to make it first to the end. As I grew closer to the finish, I noticed that there were three others in front of me. I stopped, turned my spoon upside down and watched the egg bounced to the ground, cracked open, than seeped into the grass.
When I looked up, all three kids lost their eggs just before crossing the line. To my horror, the three kids behind me went on to claim the prizes. I was given a task and failed.
Paul considered his life worth nothing if he did not finish the race God had given him. His task was to testify to the gospel of God’s grace.
As we think about Easter, we see that Jesus finished the task that was given to Him. He finished the race by hanging on the cross, then was raised three days later. He could have ended the suffering at any point, but He chose to finish.
Lord, help me to see that You are always there. When I am given a task set by You, help me to finish the race and not drop the egg.
©2016 Dawn Sexton.