Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.
As I went through the freezer looking for something to fix for dinner I came across a package marked Salmon on it. This nice piece of fish came straight from Alaska via my brother who is a missionary to the many people who live there in the cold regions of Alaska. As I pulled the Salmon from the freezer it reminded me of the show I once watched of the Salmon swimming upstream against the current. I thought of some lessons that we, as Christians, could learn from them.
Each fall, adult sockeye salmon return to their natal stream, river, or lake, to spawn and bury their eggs. Salmon have the determination and perseverance to keep on going until they reach their final destination -- their spawning ground. Their journey is upstream against the strong current, which pushes them back many times. Sometimes they get caught, and then thrown back in, because of the “Catch and Release law”.
Our Christian walk is like that of the salmon. We are battling against the evils of this dark world -- often going against the crowd. Many times, we, too, come against strong opposition, but we who believe in Jesus, when we die, will inherit eternal life. We, too, at times, get caught by Satan, and, although Satan doesn't release us, Jesus does. He is always with us, showing us how to be free from our sin. Jesus died on the cross for our sins so that we could win the victory over sin and death.
God has a plan for our lives, just as He has a plan for the salmon. Let us persevere, then, as the salmon do, year after year, and run the race marked out for us. Let us keep our eyes on Jesus until, at the end of our journey, we have reached our final destination -- heaven.
Dear Lord we thank You that You have prepared a place for us, and that You have a plan for each of our lives! We pray today that we wouldn’t get weary and discouraged. In Jesus’ name, Amen.