“THEREFORE THEN, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us, Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God. [Ps. 110:1.]”Hebrews 12:1-2 AMPC
“Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.”
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 NLT
Running a race seems so simple. You start on the blocks, get into position and then you go. Have you ever considered why some people don’t win? It’s something we have done too, when we distract ourselves from what’s ahead of us, not only do we lose ground but we also get taken over by others. You also can’t run if you’re carrying unnecessary weight, it just slows you down. A way that we slow down is when we look around us and then comes discontentment, fear and condemnation.
Hebrews 12 has been a scripture that has given us plenty to study and look at. One thing we came across was the fact the path we are taking in life has already been set out before us. So we have everything to play for, but unfortunately it doesn’t work like that. Even before we were born, God had mapped out the course we would take in life, it’s now up to us to run the race that has been set before us.
There’s a finish line we all need to get to, it’s important that we keep our focus on the task at hand as well as enduring everything that is put in our way. So, how do we get to the end? We can do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, who ran the race set before him and finished it well. If there’s anybody that we should look to, it is Jesus. Looking to other people who are on the same journey will only lead to disappointment.
Look to Jesus, let him guide you.
I pray that God gives you the grace to run well. Be blessed