Running The Race
Hebrews 12:1 ESV
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.
This scripture prompts us to look at our lives as a race. Picture a marathon runner. What are the things he or she will do in order to prepare and to run the race?
Water. Runners will likely make sure they have adequate water intake. This is the same for us. Jesus is our living water. Here is the scripture to tell us that: John 7:37 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.” Reading his word and filling up on Jesus will fuel our endurance for our race.
Light clothing. You don’t see many people running with weights or with heavy clothes on. A runner will typically be wearing light clothing and sneakers. According to Hebrews 12:1 we can think of sin as that weight we need to shed. If we lay it aside, we will be able to run the race with ease and stride.
Focus. We need to focus in order to complete a race. This means setting aside all distractions. A powerful scripture that captures this is Galatians 5:7, which states, “You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth?” The devil tries his hardest to set up distractions along the path. Therefore, we must keep our eyes focused on the path.
A race usually involves a finish line. Our finish line is heaven. Paul makes a joyful statement in 2 Timothy 4:7, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” We have a race to run, my friends, and we must have endurance to run it. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, shedding the weight, and focusing on our end prize.
Philippians 3:14 ESV
14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Isaiah 40:31 ESV
31 But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.