Equipping the saints for the work of the ministry - Ephesians 4:12

Hebrews 12:1 – Running the Race

Participants in a race encounter roadblocks, diversions and fatigue, and the Christian life is no exception. We must run the race set before us with endurance and perseverance.  The Bible is our guidebook and owner’s manual, in it we are told to conform to Christ’s likeness, bring glory to God, and fulfill His purposes for our life.

Hebrews 12:1 – “Wherefore, seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”

The Bible provides accounts of men and women who answered God’s call. Their lives inspire us to persevere and embrace the Lord’s plan for our lives. They are part of a great heavenly amphitheater of saints who watch us and cheer us on in our race. They shout, “Come on, you can make it. Keep running. Don’t give up!”

Lay aside everything that hinders you. All sin must be cast away or crucified (Romans 6:11-13). However, there are weights that drag us down, that may not be considered sin. They may not be sin, but they keep us from being all that we can be. We are told to lay aside these weights.

Another person may have weights that hinder them that does not hinder you. We are all in a race together as believers, but God has a specific purpose and race for every follower of Jesus Christ. It’s your purpose in life, and you must run your race with endurance. If there’s anything hindering you in your race lay it aside, freeing yourself from it and continue running.

1 Corinthians 9:24 – “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.”

The devil’s job is to get us to give up. Everyone experiences failure and disappointment. The enemy uses these things to get you to quit in the middle of your race. The only way he will ever win, and we lose, is if we give up. The key to winning the race set before you is endurance.

The race we run as believers is a marathon, not a sprint. A marathon is a very long race where a steady pace and endurance is a must. If we run our marathon as a sprint we will wear down and never reach the finish line.

In 2 Timothy 4:7 Paul said, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” Let’s finish the race God has set before us!

Starting a new church or ministry is one of the most rewarding things you can do to advance the kingdom, but it can also be very challenging. With over 40 years of church planting and ministry experience, Dr. Linton's passion is to encourage, support and equip pastors and church leaders.