Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Zinikele - it takes all of you

The official slogan for the Comrades is "Zinikele", which means "It takes all of you!" Too be honest I had not come across the word before, but I will remember it for a long time to come. I am only a novice when it comes to running, and competing in one comrades doesn't qualify me for any special merits, but I can DEFINITELY confirm that ZINIKELE is the right word for the race. It takes everything out of you - blood, sweat and tears. I can safely say that those 87 kilometers were the hardest journey I have been on so far.

Just a reflection on this word: Zinikele, in light of our Christian faith. If we want to be true disciples of Jesus, then we need to expect that it will also TAKE ALL OF US. This is why Jesus asked his followers to count the cost of following him. Being a Christ-follower is not an easy journey and it is best we realise this right from the start.

Are we willing to give all for Jesus today?

Luke 9:57-62

57 As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”
58 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
59 He said to another man, “Follow me.”
But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”
60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
61 Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.”
62 Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”

Living in Grace

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