I’ve never liked running. Even though, I’ve probably been ordered to run more than anyone. The movie Forrest Gump was released a year and a half before I was born. The result has been, for as long as I can remember, people telling me, “run, Forest, run!”
Though their orders to run aren’t taken seriously, the order to run found in Hebrews 12:1-2 should be: “lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith” (ESV). From this text we can gain three insights into the Christian race.
Like in a real race, what we have on us can drag us down. Why don’t competitive runners wear baggy pants and heavy backpacks? Because they don’t want to be slowed down! We don’t want to be slowed down in our Christian race either. To do that, we need to cut sin out of our lives, and cast it from us (see Matt 5:29-30).
Any runner will tell you, during the race and the preparation for it, they are only thinking about one thing: running the best they can. For Christians, we need to focus on Jesus while we run. He is the “author” of our faith, and should be our ultimate role model. When we focus on Jesus—and seek to run like Jesus—we will finish the course and receive the victor’s crown.
A runner has no hope of finishing a race without endurance. Stamina is needed in our Christian race too. Discouraging and doubt- filled times will come. But, if our focus is on Jesus we will realize how much he endured and see that if he endured what he did, we can finish the race too.Run the Christian race with discipline and control. Don’t allow sin to slow you down. If we focus on Jesus and his victory, we will be victorious too!
Run like your life depends on it. Because it does!