It’s now mid January and New Years resolutions have come and gone. Like me, you may have been setting goals for the year ahead.
Staying on track is important, and that means effort and focus. But there is one thing on God’s heart above all else.
It is not the track itself.
It is that you run as His beloved.
Beloved means: much loved, treasured, dear, favorite, prized and esteemed.
This is the heart of your identity. You are beloved to Him. And when you run as His beloved one; when ‘Beloved’ is emblazoned upon your forehead, it changes the way you run.
You are completely secure in His love. You are not striving. You are not running for the approval of others.
If you trip up, you can get up. You run without fear of reprisal.
Your focus is on the One Who loves you.
Jesus is the One you look towards and fix your gaze upon. He is also your running Companion. He takes pleasure in your company, and that motivates you to keep in step with Him.
You are running as His beloved.
‘…let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.’ (Heb 12:1-2)
6 Benefits of ‘Running as His Beloved’
Here is a short Biblical devotion on what happens when you run as His beloved. You might like to take time to meditate on these scriptures, journal and pray about what the Holy Spirit is showing you:
1. Running as His Beloved Removes Fear
No matter what is happening, you know that your Father loves you and is taking care of you. You receive His assurance and comfort.
David (whose name meant ‘beloved’) wrote: ‘Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.’ (Psalm 23:4)
2. Running as His Beloved Gives You Rest
‘About Benjamin [Moses] said: “Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders.”’ (Deut 33:12)
The blessing of being God’s beloved is that you can find a place of rest in Him. You can let down your guard, lay down your burdens, relax and lean into Him. His arms and His comfort surround you.
3. Running as His Beloved Gives You Intimacy with God
In John 13, the ‘beloved disciple’ is reclining against Jesus’ chest, close to His heart, privy to His secrets. (John 13:23-26) Knowing you are beloved empowers you to draw close to God. You are wooed to that place of intimacy where you can hear His voice.
4. Running as His Beloved gives you Courage to Emerge
‘Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me.” My dove in the clefts of the rock, in the hiding places on the mountainside, show me your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.’ (Song of Songs 2:13b-14)
When you know that you are beloved, you have courage to emerge from your comfort zones and your hiding places. You have boldness to speak because you know that to Him, your voice is wonderful.
5. Running as His Beloved Leads you to Restoration.
‘This is what the Lord says: “The people who survive the sword will find favor in the wilderness; I will come to give rest to Israel.” The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.”’ (Jer 31:2-3)
Knowing you are beloved opens your heart to the experience of God’s kindness. You follow Him, and He leads you to restoration. Hear Him say, ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love! My love for you never fails!’
6. Running as His Beloved Enables You to Shine
Joseph wore the ornamental coat of his father’s love and favour. (Gen 37:3) When you are beloved, you have the security to be yourself: to stand out, to wear your unique colours, and to shine as the unique person God has created you to be.
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