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Running Passionately in Obedience to God

You can be passionate about music, food, books, or Facebook, or a hundred other things. What about passionate toward God? Absolutely. I believe being passionate toward God requires being obedient and committed to never quitting.

During college, running was my way of keeping in shape. At the time, our baseball team was nationally recognized. The players went on a daily three-mile run. When I heard that, I decided to prove to myself that I was a better runner by joining them on a run in the spirit of some friendly competition. I was a football player, after all.

I had no idea what their route was. I spotted the guy in the lead and decided to keep up with him. We got to the largest hill, and I sprinted up ahead of him and waited for him at the top. We did that a couple of times. We both got to the end and collapsed with a mutual acknowledgement of a tie.

No matter how hard the run got for me, I would not give up. I would not quit.

This is a mindset we need to have toward God. We must be willing to commit in obedience to anything God calls us to do. Today, we usually embrace the routine of start and stop. We start something and stop when it gets too difficult.

We must be people who fulfill what God calls us to do. You might come in second, or you might come in last. The point isn’t winning. The point is to be committed. When God calls you to something, there will be opposition. This thing will require sacrifice, determination, and passion. It is not going to be easy; that’s a fact.

Jesus is the perfect example of this. He was obedient until death. “And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” (Philippians 2:8)

No matter what the devil throws at us, we must be people who never stop. We must people of God, passionate in our obedience from beginning to end.

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Miles McPherson is the senior pastor of the Rock Church San Diego, the author of the new book “God in the Mirror” and a former defensive back for the San Diego Chargers. Experience a daily minute-long dose of encouragement, a challenging and thought provoking message from Miles--learn how at MilesaMinute.com.