Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. Hebrews 4:1 NIV
Two men set out on one of the most extreme races. It was a rowing race across the Atlantic. They were fit and trained for success and survival by the military. They were determined to win. Over the days and weeks to come, they rowed hard. They called up their wives often on the sat phone to see if any other team could be catching them on the race´s website tracking. When there was, they got off the phone and both rowed together for hours to keep their lead. After 3,000 miles of straining and suffering, they finally saw land. They had made it. At least they thought they did! On rounding the island to arrive at the finish line, they were blown past the island. They fought for hours against the wind but they were unable to regain landfall. They did end up winning the race, but they had fallen short or arriving without assistance. Could we too?
We are warned as Christians not to ease up. We may have fought long and hard to gain a crown of victory. But if we relax in our struggle to gain our entry into the Kingdom of God, then we too could fall short. There are definitely enough setbacks, difficulties, and distractions that threaten our safe arrival on God´s Heavenly shore. Dark undercurrents will try to pull us away from our chances of crossing that line and entering our Lord´s embrace. Shall we pray for the strength of faith and the determination to stay close to our Savior today so that we do not fall short of His grace?
Keep us alert enough to stay so close to You! Let nothing ever keep us from our goal of spending forever with You, we pray!