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“…and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” (Heb. 12:1, NASB)

Many people have a view of the Christian life that is excessively idealistic. They think it should be one uninterrupted
series of mountaintop experiences. They read Christian books and magazines and hear personal testimonies of
dramatic events and conclude that this is all of life. In their dream-world, there are no problems, heartaches, trials
and perplexities. There is no hard work, no daily routine, no monotony. All is Cloud 9. When they don’t find their life
fitting this pattern, they feel discouraged, disillusioned and deprived.

The true facts are these. Most of the Christian life is what
a“He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither hath he
seen perverseness in Israel.” (Num. 23:21)

The hireling prophet, Balaam, spoke a remarkable truth when he said that the all-seeing God could not see sin in His
people, Israel. What was true of Israel then is wonderfully true of the believer today. As God looks upon him, He
cannot find a single sin for which to punish him with eternal death. The believer is “in Christ”. That means that he
stands before God in all the perfection and worthiness of Christ. God accepts him in all the acceptability of His own
beloved Son. It is a position of favor that cannot be improved on and that will never end. Search as He may, God
cannot find any charge against the one who is in Christ.

This is illustrated by an incident involving an Englishman and his Rolls Royce. He was touring France on his
vacation when the rear axle broke. The local garage could not replace the axle, so they phoned to England. The
company sent not only a rear axle, but two mechanics to see that it was properly installed. The Englishman
continued on his trip, then returned to England, expecting to receive the bill. When months passed and no bill
arrived, he wrote to the company, described the entire incident and asked for the bill. Shortly afterwards, he received
a letter from the company saying, “We have searched our records carefully and can find no record of a Rolls Royce
ever having had a broken rear axle.”

God can search His records carefully and can find no record of any sin on a believer’s account that would condemn
him to hell. The believer is accepted in the Beloved One. He is complete in Christ. He is clothed in all the
righteousness of God. He has an absolutely perfect standing before God. He can say with triumph and confidence:

Reach my blest Savior first;
Take Him from God’s esteem;
Prove Jesus bears one spot of sin,
Then tell me I’m unclean.
G. Campbell Morgan calls “the way of plodding perseverance in the doing of apparently
small things.” This is the way I have found it. There has been a full share of menial tasks, of long hours of disciplined
study, of service without apparent results. At times the question has arisen, “Is anything really being
accomplished?” Just then the Lord would drop some token of encouragement, some wonderful answer to prayer,
some clear word of guidance. And I would be strengthened to go on for a while longer.

The Christian life is a long-distance race, not a 50 yard dash, and we need endurance to run it. It is important to start
well but what really counts is the endurance that enables us to finish in a blaze of glory.

Enoch will always have an honored place in the annals of endurance. He walked with God—think of it—for 300 years
(Gen. 5:22). But we need not think that those were years of undiluted glamor or uninterrupted thrill. In a world like
ours, it was inevitable that he should have his share of trials, perplexities and even persecutions. But he did not
grow weary in well doing. He endured to the end.

If you are ever tempted to quit, remember the words of Heb. 10:36 NEB, “You need endurance if you are to do God’s
will and win what He has promised.”

A noble life is not a blaze
Of sudden glory won,
But just an adding up of days
In which God’s will is done.
Below is a meditation written, by Mr. William MacDonald. 1917-2007
FLOYD PIERCE will be our speaker at our 11
a.m. Family Bible Hour on Sunday, J
anuary 20,
. Along with his wife Helen he served as a
missionary in Brazil for 35 years.  The Helen
Leticia Pierce Christian Schools may be seen at
www.escolacrista.com/novo  Floyd serves as
an elder and Sunday School teacher in the
adult class that currently studies the G
ospel of
ohn.  They have three grown children and
many foster children in Brazil.  They are
grandparents to nine grandchildren and e
great grandchildren. They offer free Bible
correspondence courses in English and
Portuguese at this site.
Click here