THEME: RUN YOUR RACE
2 Timothy 4:7 NKJV
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
-The word race is written as merots in Hebrew which means to run, or move progressively on a set course. We have noticed or even participated in races like the just concluded Standard Chartered Nairobi marathon whose goal is to raise funds for tackling inequality and promote economic inclusion for our younger generation. The Mater heart run is also popular, and it’s objective is to raise money for the purpose of funding financially disadvantaged children in desperate need of cardiac surgeries. These are races that we run annually for beautiful courses. The above scripture is most commonly read in funerals, and often times do we don’t miss it either in the sermon, program booklet, obituaries or cemetery crosses. Sometimes we are asked to reflect on the life of the deceased to see whether they ran a noble course. When the funeral rites are over, we forget that matter and life goes on as usual. Before people are asked to reflect on our lives through this scripture, it is vital to reflect upon it ourselves. Apostle Paul never missed this opportunity of self evaluation. He seemed to be seeing the end of his life drawing close, and he assessed it from the perspective of his faithfulness to Jesus, who called him to be saved and to serve him as the last and least of all the apostles (1 Corinthians 15:9). This also doubles up as a final charge to Timothy, his protégé, and Paul is eager to give the last instructions should this prove to be his last correspondence. Also Acts 13:36 tells us that, “when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his ancestors and his body decayed”. It is a good endeavor at every stage of your life to look back on the previous stage, and prayerfully ask if one has been fighting the good fight and running a good race. Of the things God has called you to, have you kept faithful? It is proper to seek God and ask for His purpose for your life to be revealed and for strength, and grace to accomplish it for the glory and honor of His name.
We thank You Jehovah Shalom for enabling us to see this day, we know that many did not make it, but it is by Your mercy and grace that we are alive today. It is because of Your faithfulness that we continue serving You in good health, peace and prosperity. May You remember merciful Savior all those who are sick and suffering that You may heal them all and deliver them from their troubles. May You cover them with Your precious blood and heal them because by Your stripes they are healed. May You forgive us all our trespasses and heal our hearts. Lord Your purposes for our lives stands firm to many generations. We thank You for loving us and this far that You have brought us, and for the far that You are taking us. We are Your handiwork Lord, created in You Christ Jesus to do good works, which You prepared in advance for us to do. May You give us strength, grace and favor to do well for the glory and honor of Your name. May You make us succeed in every good work, for all things God works for the good of those who love You Lord, and are called according to Your purpose. Lord the purposes of our hearts are deep waters and the one who has insight draws them out. May You reveal Your purposes for our lives and enable us to execute them excellently. May You enable our president and all our leaders to execute well the mandates for which You have called them. Jesus You have assured us in Your word that You know that we can do all things through You who strengthens us; and none of our purposes will be thwarted. Jesus You did not leave us orphaned but You left us Your Holy Spirit. May Your sufficient grace be upon us Holy Spirit so that we may run our races, fight the good fight, keep the faith and finish our course. We pray all this trusting and believing in Jesus mighty name. Amen
Further reading: Proverbs 20:5, Ecclesiastes 12:13-14