Every Formula 1 driver knows that in order to win the race there needs to be an intimate relationship between the driver and the car. Both need to work extremely hard and perfectly in sync if they are to cross the finish line first.
Driving the fastest car on the track will never guarantee a win if the driver doesn’t work extremely
hard during the race. In fact there is no other race series on earth that requires its drivers to have such high levels of stamina and endurance.
The cockpit in the car can get so hot that a driver will sweat off anything up to 3kg of their body weight during a race. The G-forces the drivers experience when negotiating a bend are so severe that the head and helmet weigh around five times as much as normal, and the neck must be strong enough to support them both.
On the other hand however, no matter how trim and perfectly conditioned the driver may be, if the car is not in perfect working order then the race is as good as lost. But when the engine is humming the driver can accelerate from 0-100km/h in only 2.5 seconds!
We have also been called by God to a race He has prepared for each of us, just like Paul whose aim was to ‘present to God everyone mature in Christ’ (Colossians 1:28).
But this was no easy task, and realised it would be impossible to do without the power of the Holy Spirit. However he also recognised that is was essential that he played his part by working hard to achieve the things God had placed on his heart:
‘For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.’ (1:29)
The word, ‘toil’ means literally to ‘work with effort (of bodily and mental labor)’ (biblehub.com), and involves ‘exhausting labor until [you are] worn-out, depleted and exhausted’ (HWS).
With this divine formula Paul crossed the finish line and finished his race, leaving a legacy that continues to impact the world today.
Never neglect the essential and intimate relationship between you and the Holy Spirit as you toil with all the energy He supplies until you cross the line and finish your race!
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