The article I read this morning featured the phrase “Run with it!” at the beginning. I was taken aback when I saw the image of a baton and the writer’s comparison of our lives to a relay race.
It’s said that after a young author suddenly passed away during the writing of his novel, another writer was asked to complete it. This other author did such an amazing job that the novel won numerous awards. When asked, he said, “I felt- and feel- as if I’ve been handed a baton, like a particularly fine writer has given me her story and said, ‘Go run with it.’ “
God handed humans a baton. God said in Genesis 1:28 to Adam and Eve, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it” God asked the first creation to carry out his work and pass it on to all. That’s basically saying multiply and run towards it.
Acts 3:15 says, “But the author of life you killed, whom God hath raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses”. Metaphorically, this verse explains to us: Jesus is the author of life and he’s asking us to write more life into the story he started.
Hebrews 11:8 says, “By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going,” Abraham wrote life into God’s story by obeying his commands and walking in the unknown.
Ruth 1:16 says, “But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay, I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God, my God”. Ruth placed her faith in a God she hardly knew and carried the baton one step closer to Jesus. Jesus was born in the descent of Ruth (Ruth 4: 13-22)
With quiet strength and at the risk of public disgrace, Mary wrote life into a crucial chapter of the world’s story. Mathew 1: 18,19 says: this is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph, her husband, was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
God, our Creator, chose to involve us in His work. He could have done everything on His own, yet He asks us to join Him in His creative endeavours. As you go about your day, consider this aspect of God and how He has invited us to be fruitful and to rule the world with Him. There are numerous references to this in the Bible.
He gave us the baton because he is aware of and cares about every aspect of your life. So make the most of it!
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