When I was small we used to play ‘King of the Hill’.  The object of the game was to get to the top of the hill.  Once you were at the top the object was to push everyone else off.  Rarely did the game end with a declared winner because we all were always trying to get to the top.

    ‘Higher Ground’ is a hymn penned by Rev Johnson Oatman Jr.  It admonishes us to follow a somewhat similar behaviour. The first line says, “I’m pressing on the upward way, New heights I’m gaining every day.”  The song suggests that we are always endeavouring to push higher up the hill of life and constantly realizing that after each day we should be able to look back and see that we have gained ground every day.

    That is what Jesus wants from us.  He does not expect us to reach perfection, but He does expect us to do our best to continue the struggle to try and get there.  The last part of Hebrews 12:1 says, “let us run with patience the race that is set before us.”  No matter how we feel, we need to run towards that goal of perfection.

Published by Ray Richards