“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.”Acts 20:24
When it’s spring, I think of track and field, and the relays are my favorite. There’s something about the teamwork combined with individual performance that fascinates me. Each team member must do two things: race hard for the sake of the team’s goal, and successfully pass the baton to the next member.
I had the privilege of participating in a “relay” for the sake of a friend. Instead of running, each member of her team took the baton in turn to care for her as she lived out her final days on earth. Some stayed with her. Others took her shopping, helped her spend time with her daughter, cleaned her house, prayed with her, called her, or loved (not just “liked”) her on social media. No one person ran the whole race alone. I hesitated passing the baton when I was to leave for home, thinking, “What if the next person doesn’t run well?” But God is faithful.
Paul writes that the Lord has assigned each co-runner his task, and we must run hard. But it is Jesus’ team, His track, His field, His goal, His race—and all to His glory!
Jesus ran the race we couldn’t finish—for our sake and His. And our reward is to share in His glory, not in our own.