Have you ever had a task to do that you would rather just put off for awhile? I think most of us are guilty of putting off certain tasks because we just don't want to do them. We think, 'i will do it later' or 'maybe it doesn't need to be done at all'. we procrastinate because it is not much fun and we would rather do something else that is more pleasurable.
Let's look at a passage in Acts where Paul is talking to some of his friends. He says in Acts 20:22-24 "And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. 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."
WOW! can we learn from the task Paul was facing? First of all... He was compelled to go. Second, He did not know what would happen to him when he went. Third, the only thing he had to look forward to was possible prison and hardships. this doesn't look like a task he will enjoy does it?
But what does he say? First, However, I consider my life worth nothing to me. Second, the only thing he wants is to finish the race, and third, his only goal is to complete task that was given to him.
We are all given different tasks to complete in life, some more difficult than others. But let us learn from this example from the Apostle Paul who knew he was facing the most difficult of tasks. let us step into the task that is layed out before us with our eyes fixed on the end result. it may be a difficult task and one that we would rather not walk through, but keep your eyes on the finish line and finish the race that is layed out before you.
Remember, we do not run alone and we do not finish the race in our own strength. Be assured that whatever you are facing today God knows about it and is running with you.