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 has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself,
lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.
Jesus was shamed. He was wrongly judged. He was laughed at. He didn't fit in. He was hated.
But He went through it all. He is the sovereign God, and could have gotten out of it at any moment. But He went through it all-offense less.
He did it to get a Bride. We are His Bride-gender doesn't matter-what is important is the position a Bride has to a Bridegroom.
A Bride has access to her Grooms emotions. She has a place of intimate partnership. She is the ultimate teammate. The best friend, and the lover.
He went to the cross knowing that He would get me. That He would get you. This is all unto being with us. It's all so we can be together. Forever!!
So I need to keep running toward Him-looking unto Him. Because it's not the goal line I am running towards-it is Him! It's not reaching the goal line where I win.
Running is winning.
It isn't the goal that's the win.
It's the run.
It's the choice to run.
Running is winning.
He won in His "running". His life, His death, His resurrection, His intercession, His future coming, and His reigning...
He stands in victory right now-but He's still running. He is not done. The story isn't done-we're not together yet. He's coming back and still has big plans for us! Plans of JOY!!!
He wins because He never gave up. He wins because He's still running. He's running to get to be with me. I win because I'm running to be with Him.
"Jealousy is a husbands fury..."-Proverbs 6:34
All He wants is me. All I want is Him. We are two lovers in passionate pursuit of each other. I just want to be with Him. And EVERYTHING He has done since the dawn of time has been to steal my heart from every other lover and thing I could fill my time with.
"We love Him because He first loved us."-1 John 4:19
He saw me. He loved me. He caught my eye with His love, His pursuit, and His faithful devotion. He caught me, and He's got me.
So I run. Because He's running and He decided to run in pursuit of my heart.
so I run. and I run. and I run....with a huge smile on my face.
May you run YOUR race with endurance, with joy. May you look unto Jesus and call to your mind that He is still running today in pursuit to be with you forever. I pray that your soul will not become weary or discouraged, and when so that it would look at His running feet, and that you would be granted the endurance to do the same.