VBS 2017 Group Picture

Passing the Baton

By Nicole Nieman, Children’s Ministry Assistant

In the 2016 Olympics we watched in agony as the ladies of Team USA dropped the baton…only to be allowed to run the race over race again because it was decided that there was an interference from another lane that caused the baton to drop.  This time the transfer went much better and ultimately resulted in Team USA going home with the Gold.

Hebrews 12:1b-2 says compares our lives to running a race, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”

I feel like He not only cares about how we run our race, but how we pass on the baton of salvation for those who will come behind us and run their race; the next generation.  It is so important that we keep our focus on Him, and do not drop the baton in the process. Unlike Team USA, we may not get the chance to have a do over.

It has been my absolute joy to be in the ‘cloud of witnesses’ and get the privilege to do my part in passing the baton of salvation on to the next generation here at Arapaho Road. Whether it has been taking our students to camp or helping in VBS.  These things are important parts of bringing up the next generation of race runners.

I feel so blessed to be a part of a church family that also feels the importance of bringing up a strong generation of believers. I saw this with the incredible amount of support we received with VBS.  All these believers running their own races who took the time to come together and help lead the children to seek a relationship with Christ.

I pray that we, the body of Christ, keep running our race. That we will cast off the weight of sin and run toward him with great endurance, all the while bringing up the next generation to do the same!

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