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.?
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!
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 bless and tell the Lord thank you for giving us the strength to run this christian race with patience.