Galatians 5:7; “You were running a good race. Who cut in on you…?”
Picture this: You are on the track with 9 other runners around you. The gun goes off and the race is on. It’s going to be a long race and the course will be difficult with many curves and hills, but you feel good about it. As you run you think about every move and at some points, just thanking God for legs to use. You see those who are slowing their pace and maneuver around them to get ahead, and then you realize how hot the day has become as some of the runners begin to lose focus. You keep running, but hear the heavy, labored breaths of the runners around who sound as though this could be the last run they ever do in life. And just when you find yourself thinking about your own ability to endure, someone you know well but haven’t heard from in a while steps out of the crowd and says, “Why are you running?” This is a hard race and you’ve never done it before. Your shoes are old, you’ve been busy and probably didn’t train well enough, the sun is hot, the stress of your everyday life is going to wear you down, and there are 4 stronger and healthier runners ahead who are sure to win anyway.” I am not saying don’t run, but maybe there is a better way to accomplish this goal.”
What do you do? You keep running! Don’t ever let anyone cut in on you and keep you from doing what you know you should do. Expect that there will always be someone around to tell you that you are not good enough, not qualified, it’s not the right place, not the right time…But God said go now. He will qualify you. God says he will strengthen you. God says he will be with you even to the ends of the earth. If you are doing what God called you to do; don’t mind the mouths of men. If that person trying to talk you out of your assignment has a problem, tell them to take it up with God.
Somehow you qualified to get into the race, and it doesn’t matter how that happened, you are in position to run the race. There will always be someone, or several people who think they know what is best for you. They have their own life to live and quite honestly, if they knew what was best for them, they’d encourage you if they just simply cannot be quiet. Your assignment is not their assignment; your race is not their race. Just because they don’t believe in your or your position, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be there. Run!
No one runs to lose, and I’ve never seen a runner stop running because they listened to the voices in their head or the familiar voices on the sidelines trying to talk them out of it. No! They kept running anyway, and sometimes, the exciting point of a race is when the runner in the back finds himself easing up to the front. How? It doesn’t matter. Maybe it was their time to get ahead. There is nothing easy about running this race for the Lord. People will cut in from all sides. Friends and family will become critical and skeptical. Acquaintances will suck their teeth and whisper to other faithless knowitalls. Focus on God. If you started the race to please man, you will lose. But if you started the race intending to win for the Lord, you will.
Don’t lose faith, don’t lose heart, don’t let anyone cut in on you and stand in the way of your goal. The Bible says in vs. 10 of Chapter 5, “The one who is throwing you into confusion will pay the penalty, whoever he may be.” You just keep running. God will take care of the distractions.
God bless you!