Unstoppable Devotional YouVersion

Annie had always known she wanted to change the world and she’s always had a bold willingness to move God’s work forward in the earth. She has spent her life grabbing batons and passing them off faithfully. Even when she joined the A21 team, she moved through multiple positions. First, she worked in the Australian A21 office for seven years building a team there, and then she moved to California to help launch another A21 office. Even then, she knew she was called to move to Greece, and work in another A21 office there. In Australia, the United States and Greece, Annie was always building into the next generation. 

Like Annie, you will be called to hand off your baton to others, because you are not only called to run, to reach out to grasp and carry, you are also called to release the baton to others. You are running an interdependent relay race, not an independent sprint. God’s design for the relay, the body of Christ at work, is as brilliant as it is essential for living a vibrant and fruitful Christian life. 

And remember, every baton God that gives us, no matter what it might be, puts into practice the priorities of God. The Great Commandment to love God with all our heart, soul and mind, and to love others as ourselves, is fulfilled when we love others well, encouraging and building them up as we hand off batons to them. The Great Commission is fulfilled when we go and make disciples, helping people grow in their faith. 

Faith moves from one generation to another, and if you do your part, then the person who takes the baton from you will be able to take it farther than you ever could. If you truly believe that what God has next for you is better than where you are now and that what he has for the next person is better for them, then you will be eager for the next person to excel. This is so important, because faith is always one generation from extinction, and we are entrusted to carry the baton from one generation to the next to keep it alive. 

Who has God put in your life to hand off a baton?

 

Adapted from Unstoppable: Step into Your Purpose, Run Your Race, Embrace the Future by Christine Caine. Copyright © 2014 by Christine Caine. Reprinted with permission of Zondervan Publishing. All rights reserved.

Unstoppable Devotional YouVersion

I was 33 when I learned that I was adopted. I had been left at a hospital unnamed and unwanted. Growing up, I suffered abuse at the hands of multiple men for twelve years. These things from my past could have kept me from ever running my race. To be honest, I don’t think anyone would have blamed me if I didn’t want to run my race at all, but God is a healer, and he invites us to run, unhindered in pursuit of his goodness. When I came to know him and serve him, I knew that what he was calling me into would be far greater than the pain I had experienced. Somehow, I knew I would only get to see his calling on my life come to fruition if I got moving. 

But moving meant dealing with the entanglements that were holding me back–the issues in my heart that were holding me back–the issues that often hold any of us back…issues like:

Unforgiveness 
Shame 
Rejection
Lust
Greed
Envy 
Insecurity 
Fear 
Doubt 
Apathy 
Ask God what entanglements he wants you to be free from so you can run your race well, to live free from past mistakes, hurts and misconceptions. Ask God what you must leave behind so you can serve him with your full life. After all, we cannot go where we are going without leaving where we have been.

When I think of this, I can’t help but remember the story of Joseph, a young man in the Old Testament who was sold into slavery by his brothers. Though they betrayed him, Joseph went on to be used by God to save a nation and said of his brothers, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives” (Genesis 50:20). 

Despite what life throws at you and all the pain that comes with those moments, God promises that the plans he has for you are good. So throw off those entanglements. Throw off anything from your past that’s weighing you down and step into his promises that are beckoning you into your future.

What is God asking to heal in your life so you can run unhindered? 

 

Adapted from Unstoppable: Step into Your Purpose, Run Your Race, Embrace the Future by Christine Caine. Copyright © 2014 by Christine Caine. Reprinted with permission of Zondervan Publishing. All rights reserved.

Unstoppable Devotional YouVersion

When I first joined the Church, I was so excited by it all that I was thrilled to serve anywhere I could. Whether that meant setting up chairs or cleaning out cabinets, I was there. One day while I was reorganizing a storeroom, the youth pastor of our church told me he had noticed that I was always around serving and that he wanted me to oversee the development of a new youth center. I had no idea how to do anything involving the development of a youth center, but I did know enough to rely on God’s power and not my own.

As I learned more and more about the needs of the youth in our community, I grew excited because I began to understand how our church could make a difference. And, I began to understand how people in the community partnering with us could make a difference too. As I reached out to them, businesses offered supplies, paint and even furniture. People from our church and the community were moved to help. What started with one person grew into numerous people contributing. 

Carrying the baton in our race is never about what we can accomplish for God. If he wanted, God could accomplish everything on his own without us. Instead, he wants us to get into the race, taking batons in every exchange zone and passing them on to others. He wants to build our faith and grow in our experiences in him. He wants us to taste his power and be transformed by his might–and he wants us to pull others into the same experience. 

How important it is as we run our race, that we refuse to focus on what we are not, what we cannot do or what we do not know–and instead to lean in and rely on God’s power, God’s resources. To rely on God’s ways. 

As you carry your baton forward today, relying on God’s power and not your own, Christ’s unstoppable power will expand in you, because the exchange zone is the transformation zone every single time.

Where are you relying on your strength more than God’s?

 

Adapted from Unstoppable: Step into Your Purpose, Run Your Race, Embrace the Future by Christine Caine. Copyright © 2014 by Christine Caine. Reprinted with permission of Zondervan Publishing. All rights reserved.