Devotional–The Struggle of Sanctification–Sonya Johnson
The last two years of nursing were brutal. The program requirements included a stringent grading system of reaching a minimum of 83% of 100 without exception. The program offered one opportunity of grace regarding failure to meet the 83% on the exam. The Professor reviewed the failed questions along with the rationale of the correct answers and one retake exam was offered with a three-day expiration period.
Ten students remained in August, the last semester. By this time, we had developed close family bonds with one another. Within four weeks, we lost three of our dearest friends to their inability to reach the grading requirement. We cried as we said our goodbyes with hugs and loving advice to never give up. The responsibility of giving safe and competent nursing care to our patients is of the utmost importance. Twenty-seven students entered the program and seven students graduated.
For the believer, our earthly journey is one in which we strive for a Crown of Life. “…let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author, and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:1-2).
Marathon runners practice daily and eat proper nutrients to stay in peak performance. They push their bodies beyond normal limits for the opportunity to win the race. Looking at their appearance enables one to see the results of their hard work: They are trim, sleek, running machines.
Running the Spiritual Race–Read Hebrews chapter 12
The spiritual race will be our most difficult journey. Yet, we are never left alone to figure out the training requirements for running. The Holy Spirit, our Teacher is just a prayer away. The Holy Bible is full of the failures and victories of humanity and God’s guidance. Yes, we will have many obstacles, still, we are given strength from the One who sacrificed His life for us. Jesus is our Heavenly Intercessor and has promised to finish the work in us [Philippians 1:6]. And we have guardian angels who protect us from spiritual warfare while running.
The obedient and faithful righteous will receive the reward of Eternal Life. Run brothers and sisters! Run!
Prayer: God, we thank You for the Spiritual Team who is available 24/7 to help us run the race. In Jesus’ name. Amen.