Dear Mosaic Family,
How do you feel about running? I don't know about you, but I'm getting anxious just thinking about running. I've never particularly enjoyed it. Yes, I've enjoyed the satisfaction that comes with finishing a hard run. I've also had seasons when running sort of took over my life. I'd get in a routine, and get addicted to chasing gainz. Since my eyesight isn't that great and I hate running with glasses (rec specs look ridiculous, btw, no offense), when I've run it's mostly been on a treadmill. I'd chase the runner's high on the treadmill, then get off, and be in the same place where I started, minus the sweat puddle.
Do you run? Why do you run? The satirical website, the Onion, "America's Finest News Source," came out with a video a while back, entitled: "New Nike Running App Tells You What You're Really Running From." It's hilarious, because it hits too close to home. "The new Nike RunLogic+ pinpoints the desperate psychological demons at the root of your exercise routine.... you run and you run, but it's never enough....no matter how many miles you run, the gnawing ache at your soul never goes away....now Nike's engineers have found a way for runners to use that existential pain to push themselves even farther."
In 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, Holy Scripture compares the Christian life to a runner running, an athlete training, and a fighter fighting.
It's easy to read the text with a performance-based-mindset and say, great, if this is how I need to succeed in my Christian life, I'll do whatever it takes to earn my salvation.
Pride, fear, and shame are powerful motivators, but they will always fail us. So how are we to understand this text in light of God's grace? Scripture doesn't teach us to run to secure our salvation. It teaches us to run because our salvation has been secured by Jesus. God's grace releases us to run the race of life with freedom, poise, and joy.
Jesus said, "Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you a rest for your souls."
The Holy Spirit also said, "Let us run with endurance the race set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, for the the joy that was set before him endured the cross..."
Jesus offers us rest and a race. There's a way to run restfully and joyfully.
Since, Jesus ran his race to the cross with joy, now we can run our race with joy as well.
This Week's Announcements
Leaving Boston? Stay Connected!
Sunday, June 30th, 5 p.m.
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Register for Kids Summer Nights!
Weeknights, July 22-26, 6-8 p.m.
Come join us for a week filled with games, music, crafts and exciting lessons in God's Word! For the second year, Mosaic is hosting a FREE evening kids' program you won't want to miss. Registration opens online June 3. All children ages 4-11 are welcome.
Songs for Sunday
If you would like to know what we'll be singing on Sunday, you can find the playlist here.