That Jerk

Galatians 5:7 You were running a good race.  Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth?

That jerk!

Maybe you have seen it in the movies, or maybe it has happened to you.  Here’s the picture…  you have spent a whole evening trying to win over the affection of the prettiest girl in the room.  Finally, you get up the courage to ask her to dance.  She says yes.  As you begin to dance you can just “feel” that connection.  Your heart is beating fast and you can’t believe it, she may actually be falling for you.  But then it happens.  Rico Suave approaches the scene, “may I cut in?”  You stand there dumbfounded as he whisks the girl away and watch her eyes light up as he sweeps her across the dance floor.  What just happened?!

Now imagine this whole scene as a pursuit of Jesus in your life. You have finally taken the steps of courage to pursue him.  You have finally decided to take the risk and go for all that He has for you.  You have decided to, as Paul puts it here, run the race.  But then someone or something cuts in on you.  Something knocked you down, pushed you out of the way and left you reeling.  Now what?  Do you just stand there and take it?  It’s not fair, it wasn’t my fault, she hurt me, I just got distracted, I’m just tired, blah blah blah blah blah.  We pump out excuses for why we can’t run the good race.   And yet it is a race we are called to run.

God is worth pursuing!  When something comes along that cuts in on us, how do we handle it?  Do we let it throw us into a tailspin or do we shove back and keep running the race?  I say dust off discouragement, get up, and get running again!  He who is faithful will give us what we need to finish strong.

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