Men’s Devotion – Patient Progress
Hebrews 12:1–3 “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.”
I’m sure that you will agree that the first person off the starting line is not usually the first one across the finish line. The difference is made during the race, as the strongest participants conserve enough energy to have some in reserve towards the end.
The Christian life is compared to a race, and the Apostle Paul even encouraged us to run this race of life, with the intention of winning.
He said in – 1 Corinthians 9:24 “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.”
This means that, as biblical men, we have to make some tough choices in life. It means we will often have to choose between good, better, and best. It means that the casual sin that men around us enjoy, must be set aside by us because we are in a race, and want to win.
This race must be run with patient progress, always pressing forward for Christ. We cannot settle for a mediocre spiritual life, or delegate our God-given responsibilities to our wives or someone else.
Today’s Biblical Manhood Principle: Make patient progress every day.