26 December 2021 AM – Philippians 3:13-14 – Scott Childs
Introduction: Born in 1909, Glenn Cunningham, when he was just 8 years old, was severely burned in a school fire in which his older brother perished. His legs were so badly burned that doctors recommended amputation. His mother refused to let that happen. The doctors said he would never walk again. Glenn, claiming his life’s verse, (Isaiah 40:31) “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.“, set to work. After hours upon hours of painful therapy, he took his first steps two years later. Glenn was determined with God’s help, not just to walk, but to run and that he did. In 1934, he set the world record for the mile run at 4:06.8. In 1936, Cunningham finished second in the world Olympics. His life is a testimony of perseverance in the face of incredible odds.
Just as Glenn Cunningham had a goal of living out his life’s Bible verse and pressing on, so must Christians. Perhaps as an encouragement to others, the Apostle Paul declared that he had not yet reached his goal. He then challenged the Philippian believers and us to press on!
This past year has been a trying year for many of you. Some of you have lost your jobs. Others have lost relatives. Some of you are weighed down by sickness or disease. Yet others have struggled with emotional stress and stressful relationships. For you, it has been a difficult year.
Transition: With that in mind, I want us to turn our attention to the words of Paul’s testimony in which he encourages us with three duties as runners in God’s heavenly race. Read Philippians 3:13-14.
Duty: Let go of the past, v.13