If you have ever watched or participated in marathon of any sort, then you know there are a few things that every runner must have. One of those things is called a bib- it is that huge square sheet of white paper that they pin to the runner’s shirt. On this sheet of paper are large black numbers and other markings that are usually in a bold font. This sheet of white paper is incased in a material that ensures its durability. It can withstand sweat, rain, and moisture of any sort. You cannot rip or tear it- it is not going anywhere.
This bib is important because it identifies the runner. It displays the name/title of the marathon, location, and sometimes sponsors that are participating. If the runner gets off course and doesn’t finish the race the organizers will know based on this bib. It is also how they document the winners and times of those that finish. There you have it ladies and gentlemen- your enlightenment for the day, the bib.
So I’m going about my daily life activities and thinking about this concept of the runner and the bib. I started thinking of how annoying it must be, to some, to have this piece of paper going against the stride of your body. Others are so focused on their goal that hey don’t even acknowledge that it’s there. At the same time, I said to myself “What does this have to do with me/my life?
One night the Lord made the correlation while on the phone with a friend. The revelation is that the individuals that He has chosen always choose running as their initial response. These types of people are what I call NMG (Not Me God). They run with their excuses of why they can’t, and with their actions. Here are some great examples of the greatest NMG’s:
Moses 3:11 and 4:10 “And Moses said to God, [b]Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
“10And Moses said to the Lord, O Lord, I am not eloquent or a man of words, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am slow of speech and have a heavy and awkward tongue.”
Jeremiah 1:6- 6 “Alas, Sovereign LORD,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.”
Jonah 1:3- “3But Jonah rose up to flee to (A)Tarshish (B)from the presence of the LORD So he went down to (C)Joppa, found a ship which was going to Tarshish, paid the fare and went down into it to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.”
Jesus in Matthew 26:39- “He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”
You never see anyone that is called in the bible jumping up and down with excitement because God said it is their turn. All they see is the great task that is ahead of them- one that seems completely impossible. No matter how they run or make excuses they always end up doing that which God has spoken over them. Matter of fact, Moses’ complaint was that he could not speak well, yet he did all the talking when he went before Pharaoh?
We can run, but we will never run away from what we were designed to do. We may try to fulfill that longing in many different ways, and find ourselves empty and still chasing after the wind. We pervert our gifts by using them for the world as they suck us dry. We can run all we want, but we are marked by our callings. Those markings stay on us wherever we go. They are resistant to tears, fears, and are not able to be torn. They may go against the stride of our desires. We may try to ignore the it/ or hide it, but it is not easily covered- as the qualities of our calling always find a way to display themselves.
Stop running. Stop running, and face your God so that you can be free in that which he has spoken over you. There is one thing that God has promised his children over and over, and that is His divine presence. You shall go forth in the Name that is above every name, Jesus Christ.
If you’re ready to stop running and face the Lord, If your name should be typed in the list of NMGs that I listed above, If you know/believe that God has called you for a specific purpose, and if your true desire is to glorify Him with your life join me in this prayer:
Father, Creator of heaven and earth
Thank You for creating me in Your image
Thank You for designing me with great purpose and destiny
Thank You for knowing the plans that You have for my life and
for promising me that You will never leave nor forsake me
Lord, I have been like Moses/Jeremiah/ Jonah/Jesus whom heard
Your voice, yet when faced with the magnitude of what You have
created them to do tried to escape- knowing their own limits
I repent for ignoring/hiding/making excuses/running from the
destiny You have designed me for
I turn my face toward You, Oh Lord
lifting my hands to You in complete surrender
I lift me eyes to the hills from where my help comes from
I say yes to You, Lord
with all of my weaknesses, failures, and short comings
I will not lean on my own understanding
But will acknowledge You in all my ways so that You
will make my path flat
all the while presenting my body as a living sacrifice
Lord, please help me to understand what You have called me to do
Make it clear to me in my quiet time and confirm it
Show me who I should approach as a mentor to
cultivate my gifts and callings so that I don’t use them prematurely
and in ignorance.
If I run, I’ll run to You for your peace, love, guidance
I love you Lord
Thank you for loving me more
In Jesus name I pray
Now go forth…
One love, the Greatest