“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”
I recently got back from a youth camp where I witnessed two young people take Jesus Christ as saviour and saw a further two ask to follow in the footsteps of Christ in baptism. In a week that's so busy and you’re constantly on the move I had far more time to pray, read my bible and share my faith with other people. The biggest question I have with myself is why this doesn't happen as much as it does when I'm away. For that one week you are focused on just sharing the gospel. Why does it slow down when we go home? We are told in Hebrews we are in a race of endurance not a sprint. I'm not much of a runner but I do know that for an endurance race it's not about the person who started or ended the fastest the person that will win the race is the one who is consistently the best over the start to finish. We are in an endurance race and while we see great bursts during our lives how much more would we see if we were consistent. What if we prayed every night to see people saved until the early hours? What if we shared our faith with everyone we came in contact with? What if we read and study our bible to the extent we do when at our best. The Holy Spirit will move in whichever way he sees fit but what if we were more ready to be used by him to see souls saved.
"Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3 For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, 4 but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5 As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. 6 But at midnight there was a cry, 'Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.' 7 Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' 9 But the wise answered, saying, 'Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.' 10 And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. 11 Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, 'Lord, lord, open to us.' 12 But he answered, 'Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.' 13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”
Our answer is a simple Sunday school verse - give me oil in my lamp. Ask God to strengthen us, to give us opportunity to share our faith and seize it when he does.