To run competitively, one must be in top physical form. Whether sprinting, trail running, or taking part in a marathon, a strict regimen that includes consistent exercise and a healthy diet ensure a fighting chance at passing the finish line. Inspiration must coalesce with dedication in order to win the prize—there's no cram school for coming first in a race.
The apostle Paul, writing to the church in Philippi, talked about a different race and a better prize: "Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it [resurrection] my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."
Paul knew the promises of Scripture were sure because the One who promised them was God Himself, and all of God's promises are "Yes" in Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 1:20). Through Christ's resurrection, He proved His power over death. He proved His victory over our sin. He proved that the Word of God is true. What great news!
Nothing, then, could stop Paul from running his race. He was inspired; he was dedicated—not only to reaching the finish line, but to sharing the Gospel with as many people as possible so that they, too, may run the race and receive the prize. In fact, Paul's continual ambition was to find new places and communities with whom he could share, just so he could be the first to tell them the name of Christ (Romans 15:20). And like Paul, Faith Comes By Hearing's goal is to record and provide God's audible Word in more and more languages so that the last, the least, and the forgotten may hear and believe for the first time in history.
Thank you for pressing on toward the goal with us. Day by day, you ensure that God's Word reaches the ends of the earth. So much has happened in our world today to try to tangle our feet. But together, we press on toward the goal, encouraging one another with each step. Faith Comes By Hearing continues to run the race, partnering to record and provide the Bible in every language that needs it by the year 2033, knowing that our work together is not in vain, and that Christ waits for us at the finish line.