California Chrome does it again! Not only did the three year old win one of the most prestigious races, the Kentucky Derby, he also captured the gold cup in the Preakness by a length and a half. Though it was a tough ride with a few complications, Espinoza the 42 year old jockey, led Chrome to victory. Hopes are high for a Triple Crown winner as the team will head to Belmont to run the last of the three most challenging races on June 7th. This would be quite a feat for a one horse stable, an average Joe owner and a modest pedigree horse. But California Chrome's speed and endurance, along with a first-rate jockey, puts him a good position to do what hasn't been done in over thirty eight years--emerge holding the Triple Crown title. Fans are putting a lot of faith in this once unprestigious horse as he's captured their hearts. It will take some smarts on the part of his unusual 77 year old trainer to get California Chrome to run the distance and not lose heart. ( You can watch it today FREE on the internet)
Yet there's another even more important pursuit that we as Christians are encouraged to participate in and gain the victory, the race of faith. "Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, 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: 1-3). Our race is won with our eye on our trainer, Jesus Christ.
This race of faith requires good training, wisdom, understanding, endurance, stamina, and astute guidance. While human trainers can fail, ours cannot. He's given us examples to guide us, such as: Abraham and Sarah, Moses, Joseph, Daniel, David, Ester, the list goes on and on. but most importantly Jesus gave us the example of His own life. We can only win this race by following in His ways, which are sometimes challenging, especially when it involves dying to our own desires and taking up our cross and following Him.
The Apostle Paul understood the difficulties, perhaps more than any human. He faced shipwreck, beating, floggings, persecution, abandonment, hunger and thirst. Yet he encourages us not to give up and to be wise in running this most important race. "Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown" ( 1 Corinthians 9: 24-25). Life will dish out difficulties and hardship, but with one eye on Jesus and the other on the imperishable crown He offers us, we can achieve an everlasting victory--eternal life! So ask Jesus to help you lay