The Race #1 Didn’t Win
Ever wonder why people race to through traffic to get someplace 2.5 seconds before time or to beat you to something? The bible shows where racing and getting there first isn’t all that matters. The Holy Spirit showed me that I should stop acting like He don’t speak to ‘familiar’ situation! I was listening/reading (I’m an auditory learner) my bible as I always do- to a very familiar bible story. I was listening to the story about the Resurrection of Jesus Christ (John 20). I promise I never heard the story like I did today. I’ve always known the basics but this time around, the Lord showed me something that convicted me about giving up or being discouraged about not being first.
John 19:3-10 is the passage:
3Peter and the other disciple started out for the tomb. 4They were both running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5He stooped and looked in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he didn’t go in. 6Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, 7while the cloth that had covered Jesus’ head was folded up and lying apart from the other wrappings. 8Then the disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in, and he saw and believed—9for until then they still hadn’t understood the Scriptures that said Jesus must rise from the dead. 10Then they went home.
I would like to start by saying the author said peter and ‘the other guy!” I smiled when I heard this because they didn’t even mention his name… obviously he didn’t matter. But apparently these guys were racing to the tomb to go check things out. Maybe they weren’t racing each other but there so happened to be a winner (I’m just saying- I’m competitive, somebody’s got to win!). But what struck me as I continued listening, was that when he got to the tomb, homeboy peaked inside and didn’t go in! WHAT!?! All of that for what?? You get there first and you don’t even want to go in? Stop playing!
Verse 6 says that when Peter got there, he just went right inside! No games, no jokes. He went to do what he came (ran) here for! But then in verse 8, you see that dude went in after Peter.
A DIME for us
There will be people in life that will race to places just to win or look good. This does not mean that the spot is not for you. Also, did you notice that there was a sense of fear in the guy when he reached the tomb. It wasn’t until he saw peter go inside boldly that he gained the courage to follow suit and go inside the tomb. Needless to say that he ‘won’ by getting there first but ultimately, he gained more from the experience because he was able to believe that Jesus wasn’t playing when He said in three days He was coming out of that tomb!
People will be ‘out here in these streets’ trying to out-do you in many things. It’s up to us to confidently keep our pace (patiently knowing), when we get to the destination, we have a purpose. Once fulfilled, our purpose will even help the faith of the people that were trying to be in competition in the first place. I always say watch out for the sly people in your life, but here the HS showed me that they are there for a reason. Like the ‘nobody’ (unnamed disciple) in the text, these people don’t matter to us but the Lord is working on something. In the end, you will be the one He uses to check that person.
I pray that you are patient as you proceed in life and the Lord uses you to make believers out of these people that may sometimes seem impossible to deal with. If you are as competitive as me, I pray that our lessons don’t hurt! Stop rushing. Aimlessly running places and then fearfully getting into situations we can’t handle. Let’s prayerfully run to do what we are called to do so that when we get there and fulfil our purpose, someone will have faith. Even if they were originally in the way. I hope you got something from this DIME.
Until next post…