Finish The Race

1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, He was hungry. And the tempter came and said to Him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But He answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Then the devil took Him to the holy city and set Him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to Him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, ‘He will command His angels concerning you,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’” Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only shall you serve.’” 11 Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to Him. ~ Matthew 4:1-11

The Devil tempted Jesus with three temptations. The first two Satan attacked Jesus’ identity, but not the last one. Satan had been overcome twice. He couldn’t trip Jesus up into doubting who He was. He couldn’t get Him to be confused with His identity, so he went after His call. This is the same with us today.

If Satan can’t separate you from God through an identity crisis, then he’ll try to separate you by halting your call. Christ tells us that not all will be saved, but only those who do the will of the Father in Heaven (Matthew 7:21). Many of us are confident in who we are in Christ, but we aren’t bearing fruit, we aren’t interceding, we aren’t witnessing, we aren’t working. Many of us don’t even know what our call is. This isn’t an “NBD (No Big Deal) Moment.” This is a big deal. It’s only those who fulfill the call that are welcomed into Everlasting Peace.

Paul said he fought the good fight, kept the faith, and finished the race (2 Timothy 4:7). He didn’t just fight a good fight. He didn’t just keep the faith. He also finished the race. He fulfilled the call.

We are all called for a specific purpose. None of us are created for no reason. All of us have a call given to us from the Father above. If you don’t know what your call is, earnestly seek God, and He will show you His plan for your life. You don’t have to guess with God; He will open the eyes of any willing heart.

Peace. Love. Go Forth and Finish The Race.

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