On Our Turn to Run the Race For Such a Time as This

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. (Hebrews 12:1, NIV)

Beneath my fingertips just now, typing out  these very letters, is an incredible technological masterpiece I tend to take for granted: my laptop–the “publishing” mechanism my forebears in the writing ministry could have only dreamed of because they could not even have imagined it in their waking hours.

What it took in years past to research an idea for teaching, preaching, and/or encouragement, I can now, in mere seconds, complete on this small machine with a simple point and click on any of myriad .org’s, .com’s, and .edu’s.

What it took in years past to painstakingly transcribe (every single jot and tittle) of commentaries and teachings on God’s Word, then print and distribute them worldwide can now be done by “copying and pasting” relevant quotes instantly hot-linked to their source for proper citation right inside the text of whatever I am inspired to write*.

In the biggest contrast to decades past, however, I can now be about my ministry business relatively unimpeded** and at a low-cost without leaving my home, and in contrast to centuries past,  I need not fear martyrdom or exile for doing same.

You might say that here at my literal fingertips I have at my disposal the technological “keys” of the Kingdom.

As I have been thinking this morning about this extraordinary opportunity–as well as innovation–related to how we now get the words and The Word out, I am humbled, amazed, and greatly inspired to “run with perseverance…” my own race of writing to encourage and teach about God’s Word as the world gets darker and more dangerous.

There are more efficient modern ways for you as well, in your corner of the globe, according to your Holy Spirit giftings and callings.

And it is important that each of us tend to our Father’s business at work, home, and everywhere else as we have been so gifted and inspired to because, underneath, above, inside, and outside of everything, we have a powerful God Who is, well, not only underneath, above, inside, and outside of all that is seen, heard, felt, and sensed, He designed it all from the get-go. Before the get-go, to be more specific, according to the pattern of creation that is first, the spirit (idea), then the plan, then the words, then the manifestation and lastly the fulfillment. And we are part of His plan.

God still–patiently and precisely–“knows the end from the beginning.” As the prophet Isaiah put it:

Remember what happened long ago, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me. 10 I distinguish the end from the beginning, and ancient times from what is still to come, saying: ‘My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure. (Isaiah 46:9-10, NIV).

And–get this–He not only invites us to participate in what He is doing down here, he also equips us to do it, not only supernaturally through the Holy Spirit but also “manually” through our natural talents and abilities.

How to know what you can do?

Ask Him. Pray about it. Ask others. Listen for an answer–which may well lead to assessing your skills and desires. Then learn your craft or assignment well.

And remember that Holy Spirit-inspired and gifted works lead others to the feet of Jesus Christ, the Way, Truth, and the Life, Who waits for all.

So what’s in YOUR cache of ways and means to spread God’s Word and ways today? (Don’t leave your prayer closet without it.)

From one “about (her) Father’s business today (clickety click)” to you and you and you about your own businesses–run!

Time may be short.


*I sometimes wonder if all this computer razz-a-ma-tazz isn’t what might be implied in this prophetic bit of verse: “But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase.” (Daniel 12:4)

**There are, of course, new ways of impeding and/or eliminating the flow of God’s Word to every people group involved in the technological world by such tactics as “blocking,” “stealth banning,” and “shadow banning,” but it is always true that God is ever “…watching over (His) word to perform it,” (Jeremiah 1:12, NASB) and one of His desires is He…”wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy, 2:4, NIV).

However you and I “distribute” God’s words and ways, by thought, word, and/or deed; at home, work, or out on the street, He is always reaching, finding, saving, healing, and delivering those who put their faith and trust in Him.

And what God sets out to do, He accomplishes.

Image from Wikimedia Commons.

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2 Responses to On Our Turn to Run the Race For Such a Time as This

  1. pbn says:

    Thank you, Colin, for a perfect “book end” “witness” to this post by yet another verse where God reveals His trustworthiness.

    It is greatly encouraging to know that God confirms His word–and by myriad ways and means–even as we each have our unique gifts and callings to witness of Him as they are “absorbed, cherished and put into practice,” as you put it, and as must needs be.

    Cheers and blessings,


  2. Thank you for another thoughtful post, Phyllis. ‘Yes, as the rain and the snow come down from the heavens and do not return without watering the earth, making it yield and giving growth to provide seed for the sower and bread for the eating, so the word that goes from my mouth does not return to me empty, without carrying out my will and succeeding in what it was sent to do’ (Isaiah 55.10-11, JB). The word of the Lord, if absorbed, cherished and put into practice, cannot fail.


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