Running the Race
Participants in a race encounter roadblocks, diversions and fatigue, and the Christian life is no exception. The Bible is our guidebook and in it we are told to conform to Christ’s likeness, bring glory to God, and fulfill His purposes.
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. That said, Christians who have died do not come back to hang out with us.
They are part of a heavenly amphitheater of saints who watch us. They cheer us on in our race. They shout, “Come on, you can make it. 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 other weights that drag us down. They may not be sin, but they keep us from being all that we can be. We are told to lay aside these weights.
Likewise, another person may have sin or weights that hinder them that do not hinder you. We are all in a race together as believers, but God has a specific purpose for every follower of Jesus Christ. It’s your purpose in life, and you must run your race with endurance.
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 win, or we lose, is if we give up. The key to winning the race 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 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!