Hebrews 12:1-2 – 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 patience the race that is set before us,Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.
The writer of this text uses the illustration of a race to explain how Christians are to live their lives. Like runners in a race, we should never give up and quit but daily make a commitment to faithfully follow Christ
This Christian race is no ordinary race for it is the most serious competition we will ever enter in in our life time. This race determines whether we live or die, whether we spend eternity with God or apart from God, therefore, regardless of the struggle we must run and we must run with the mindset to win.
We are to not get weary and give up, but to continue on running with Jesus in our view. We must endure hardships, overcome difficulties, resist temptations, lay aside every weight of care that would hinder us and the sin that so easily besets us.
We are to lay aside those things that hinders our relationships with God. We are to rid ourselves of those attitudes and habits that causes us to remain in bondage.?
Let's listen to Apostle Paul answer concerning all the his material accomplishments in Philippians 3:8 I count everything as loss compared to the priceless privilege and supreme advantage of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord [and of growing more deeply and thoroughly acquainted with Him—a joy unequaled]. For His sake I have lost everything, and I consider it all garbage, so that I may gain Christ,
The world runs for a corruptible crown, but we as believers run for the incorruptible crown of righteousness that God will give to all that believe at the end of their race.
We all have a race to run. Moses had a race, Abraham had a race, David had a race, Joseph had a race and on and on throughout out the bible we see how those that have gone on before us have fought through the battles of life, but continued in the race. We must do the same!
Pleasing God must become our priority! Only what we do for Christ will last.
Remember, as we run this race, there are those saints that have gone on before us who are cheering us on in the race. They are described in this text as a “cloud of witnesses” also known as the faith hall of famers. Abraham, Noah, Able, Enoch and Joseph, just to name a few.
People of God, RUN, RUN, RUN! There is a prize that awaits you at the end of your race.
The world wants us to get out of the race and focus on all the temporary things of pleasure it has to offer, but the call from God to us today is "stay in the race", do not look to the right nor to left, but keep running and looking forward.
If we are to hear "well done thy good and faithful servant" at the end of our race, we must push against opposition and endure hardship, all the while keeping our focus on Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith.
People of God, stay in the race, keep the faith, keep trusting and believing God.
The goal in this race of faith is not perfection, but progress!!! The prize is not given to the first one who finishes the race, nor to the swift or the strongest, but it is given to the one who endures to the end.
Remember, "stay in the race"! Keep running, keep serving and praising God, keep loving your enemy and those that spitefully use you.
God is the the same God who changes not for He promises to run along side you as you run.
He promises to be with you always, even unto the end.
God bless and tell the Lord thank you for giving us the strength to run this christian race with patience. Thank Him for being right there with us, running along side us.
I love you all.