Running the race

October 20th, 2011

I have been reflecting on the Bible verses that talk about our journey with Christ as a race. In particular about running the race before us. As I have pondered this two, passages have come to mind – 1 Corinthians 9:24-25 and Hebrews 12:1-3. They say…

1 Corinthians 9:24-25 – 24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.

Hebrews 12:1-3 – 1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Running the race that Jesus has entered us in involves discipline, training, throwing off things that entangle us, perseverance, running the right way and shunning sin, not growing weary or losing heart and focussing on Jesus.

There is also the element of running the race before us. As I think about this I think of the 400m hurdles. For me to compete correctly I need to stay in my lane and focussing ahead on each hurdle. If I look to the left or right, I might wander out of my lane or not see a hurdle in front of me. Then I would fall.

As disciples of Christ we are in a race. Not against each other, but our own race. It is a race that Jesus has set before us. He marked out the lanes. Let’s focus on doing the things that help us to run our best and be successful in receiving the crown He has waiting for us when we finish line.

God Bless,
Dave