The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries

by Rev. Don Rivers

  What does it take to be at the top of your game? What does it take to stay there? Have you noticed life is full of ups and downs? It is difficult to stay on top. It is not that we don't try, but it is difficult. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

  Repeat champions are few and far between. In the world of sports it is difficult to win one, but repeating that is a challenge. We label the repeat champions some of the greatest teams of all times. We all know how difficult that accomplishment is.

  I remember a few years back a team was on their run to the championship. Wanting so badly to win they were afraid to change anything thinking a change might keep them from winning. They won but do you know what it cost them? The rest of the race teams passed them by. The new season started and their car and setups that won them the championship were not good enough to compete up front. They forgot to do the one thing that put them in the position to win in the first place, continue to move forward.

  Unless we continue to move forward we fall behind. Standing pat assures us of moving backwards. Staying on top of things requires that we don't sit still. Vacations last for a time but we have to get back at it. I know it is tempting to want to live the rest of our lives on vacation but eventually you will need to find something to keep you busy. I have seen too many perish without a purpose.

  We can find ourselves in a rut, we do the same things over and over. They worked once. We cannot fool ourselves into thinking that we are fine where we are. Life requires growth and change. Life requires that we learn, mature and make an effort to grow.

  Have you ever been to the mountaintop? Looked out over all the Earth in awe and had that feeling that you were on the top of the World? When we win that is what it feels like. When our life is in order and things fit together, that it what it feels like. The trouble is staying on the top requires effort, it requires that we grow.

  I know it sounds like a never ending battle with little time to relax, but it is far from that, it is a life style. See we are willing to risk everything for the temporary high we get from winning a trophy but what about the eternal prize we receive in glory? The road to glory isn't a difficult one, but it is one that requires constant attention. Will Rodgers said; “Even if we are on the right road we'll get run over if we just sit there.”

  We need to continue to grow in our walk with the Lord, but we also need to remember that God is the one doing all the work. Many times in His Word we find that promise of rest, restoration and comfort. We find God ready to guide us, we don't have to find the way ourselves, we only need to find God. We need to stay close to Him and not wander away. We need to have others alongside us to encourage us. Others to help us remain on that mountain top.

  Look around and ask yourself, who have I surrounded myself with? If you are running a race team you would want those around you who knew how to setup a race car to go fast. You would want people experienced in completing the tasks required on the race car. You would look for those whose track record showed that they can be trusted to make the right adjustments.

  If your goal is to live a life that pleases God then those around you should know how to do that. We should have someone who has walked that road a little. They should be able to help and encourage you toward that. The writer of Hebrews gives us some words of encouragement;

Hebrews 10:19-25, Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

  Like a race team, each one of us has a responsibility. Each job is necessary for the team to function in a way that qualifies it for the prize. In life we need to do the same. It is not something that can be done on our own. It is not something that requires knowledge that we do not have. It is something that requires us to turn to God and ask for his forgiveness and guidance. We need to surround ourselves with others that will encourage us and provide an example for us. Listen to Paul's encouragement;.

Philippians 3:17-21, Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you. For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

  Stay on top of your life! Live in such a way as to show others the right way to go. Help one another, encourage one another. Show the love that Christ had for us that while we were yet sinners he died on the cross so that we may have life and live it to the fullest. Have a great week.

  Until next time, remember God loves you and Jesus is Lord over Auto Racing! God Bless. Remember, that your prayerful support helps us continue this ministry. Thank You.

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Numbers 6:24-26 "The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace."

   May God always Bless you, everyday in everyway. Rev. Don


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Source: Rev Don Rivers / Racing With Jesus Ministries
Posted: September 4, 2017

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