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Running the Race

August 3, 2018
"Preach the word. Endure the suffering. Fulfill the ministry God has given you." - Angie Smith #SeamlessBibleStudy | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Week 6 #P31OBS

Friend, we're HERE, coming right up on the end of our study. Can you believe it? I hope you’ve enjoyed our time together just as much as we have. But what now? Where do we go from here? I have some things to share with you today that I’m hoping will help answer that question.

Let’s start with last week, though, when we learned about Saul. He was one of the worst persecutors of Christ-followers there ever was, until he had an encounter with God that changed his life completely.

As passionate as he had been about stopping the spread of Christianity, he was now even more passionate about spreading the good news of Jesus Christ. Nothing could stop him — not persecution, not imprisonment, not even fear of death!

Now called Paul, he passed the baton of faith on to Timothy. From there, Timothy ran his race and passed it on to others. And on and on through the generations it went, until one day it was given to each of US. It is now in our hands and it’s our turn to run our race and pass that baton on to others.

Sometimes, though, I think we look at what those around us are doing and achieving, then we look back at ourselves and wonder, Do I have anything to offer? Do I really even have a place here? And then we sit down on the sidelines, refusing to run the race.

But if there’s one thing this study has shown me, it’s that our God is an ON PURPOSE God. He doesn’t do anything haphazardly and He doesn’t do anything without reason. And what that means for you and me is this: HE CREATED US WITH A PLAN IN MIND.

There is a PURPOSE to our existence. We may not see it and we may not understand it, but it is nonetheless there. And it can only be found by walking out this life He has given us, hands open to receive whatever He may have in store.

So as Angie Smith says on page 157:

“Preach the word. Endure suffering. Fulfill the ministry God has given you.”

And what is that ministry, you may wonder? It’s what’s right there in front of you, wherever God has you.

So no more sitting on the sidelines! Let’s take what we’ve learned and get out there and run this race WELL. Let’s pass the baton of faith on to others, just as it has been passed on to us. Let’s choose to believe that our part in this story is just as seamlessly woven in as everything we’ve studied together throughout these past six weeks.

Amen?

Before you go, though...

Reflect and Respond:

How has this study by Angie Smith impacted you? What did you love? What did you learn?

Thank you again for joining us!

- Stacy

P.S. Don't forget that tomorrow we have Angie's last video teaching for you. Set aside about 15 minutes to watch and enjoy Angie's final words to us as we wrap up Seamless.

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