Are You Willing to Go the Distance?

Coats Family

“Jesus can do more in a moment than we can do in an entire lifetime, but we have to give Him those moments. We have to make up in our minds that despite the long road ahead, we’re going to travel that distance because it means getting to Jesus in the end.” —Patrick Coats

Throughout the month of January, we are learning how Patrick and Archalena Coats have been willing to go the distance for the Lord in answering His call to plant a church in Miami. The Preschool Resource Team at National WMU thanks you, Mission Friends leaders, for being willing to go the distance for the Lord in answering His call to teach the youngest among us about carrying His gospel to the nations.

We pray that this devotion, written by Mr. Coats will both challenge you and encourage you to go the distance as we begin a new year.

The Coats family is willing to go the distance for Jesus Christ.

“And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, 'If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.' And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease” (Mark 5:25–29 ESV1).

Nothing great happens without some struggle, pain, and pressure accompanied in the process. However, trials and setbacks have caused us to lose our desire to fight, and as a result, we throw in the towel on our dreams and the plans that God has for us. The reason for our self-prescribed defeat is found in John 10:10 when Jesus says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.”

A lot of us have forgotten who the fight is against, but the Bible tells us that our fight is not against flesh and blood. If we remember that when dealing with obstacles, then we’ll also be reminded that it’s a fixed fight. Granted, going the distance and withstanding the tests is not easy because there will always be something that’s trying to block you from getting to where you are trying to go, but if you would just be willing to press on towards Jesus, then the reward is so much greater than the process. Paul says in Romans 8:18, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” Some of us see the mountains set before us as roadblocks, but those mountains are in our lives as a means for us to get to higher ground, if we’re willing to climb them. 

There are three lessons to be learned in this passage about the woman with the issue of blood. The first is that we all have issues, her issue just so happened to be blood, but we have to recognize the issues in our own lives. The second lesson is that there are some things we just can’t fix on our own, and we have to seek Jesus for help. The woman tried everything she could and exhausted all options, only to find that Jesus was the only one who could heal her. The third lesson is that hope is not lost. We are connected with the Savior and Redeemer Jesus Christ, and because of this we know that trouble won’t last always.

The woman thought to herself if she could just get to Jesus then all of her problems would be no more. That is the attitude we should have when tackling the battles in our own lives. As Christians, we must be willing to go the distance for Christ and persevere regardless of the challenges set before us, but getting to Jesus is going to take desperation and belief that He is able to turn the situation around.

Jesus can do more in a moment than we can do in an entire lifetime, but we have to give Him those moments. We have to make up in our minds that despite the long road ahead, we’re going to travel that distance because it means getting to Jesus in the end.

1Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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