The Ultimate Race

Posted June 26th, 2007 by Kent and filed in devotional

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joyawaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up.

Hebrews 12:1-3 (New Living Translation)

Throughout a grueling 26.2-mile marathon, a runner’s body goes through changes. He must fight the inclination to run too fast early in the race. He must overcome muscle cramps and blisters. He must ignore the whispering voice mid-way through the race that says, “You’ve already done a great job. Everyone is impressed that you even got this far. Why don’t you just quit now?”

With every step, the runner reaffirms his decision to keep going and move closer to the finish line. His eye is on the goal. He will not be distracted or denied. This is endurance.

To endure doesn’t mean to sit back, take it easy, or look for a way out. Endurance also doesn’t mean casually accepting a setback and quitting the race early. Instead, it implies “staying power.” This involves the initiative to do whatever it takes to win. It involves pushing through obstacles and overcoming hindrances, one step at a time, as you keep moving. Endurance means you won’t quit until you have achieved victory.

We should keep this image in mind as we read the challenge in Hebrews 12:1:”lay aside every encumbrance . . . [and] run with endurance the race that is set before us.” One who endures says, “Whatever it takes, Lord, I’m going to get there. I will not give up. I will not step off Your path until You’ve brought me to the finish line.”

Do you believe the goals God’s given you are worth the effort? Then run toward them with endurance.

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