life in Christ is a race. It is a race that creates the spiritual
growth you need to make it to the end. Hebrews 12 gives clear and
inspiring directions. "Strip down, start running—and never
quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on
Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he
did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that
exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything
along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the
place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves
flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that
long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot
adrenaline into your souls" (Hebrews 12:2-3, The Message).
would you think of the runner who gave up when faced with the first
obstacle in a race? That hurdle is meant to give you a lift upward...
not pull you back. It is meant to inspire you to greater growth. Are
you ready to really run your race? Will you move forward, facing and
springing over each obstacle with greater spiritual growth? Or will
you run and hide and never discover the power He wishes to impart?
“So don’t throw it all
away now. You were sure of yourselves then. It’s still
a sure thing! But you need to stick it out, staying with God’s plan
so you’ll be there for the promised completion. It won’t
be long now, he’s on the way; he’ll show up most any minute. But
anyone who is right with me thrives on loyal trust; if he cuts and
runs, I won’t be very happy. But we’re not quitters who lose out.
Oh, no! We’ll stay with it and survive, trusting all the way”
(Hebrews 10: 35-39, The Message).
Rise above all obstacles in
your race, and reach for His peace and joy. Persevere against all
odds. As you run through life with this attitude you will discover
His power to carry you forward over life's times of pain. Refuse to
repeat your failures, and look to your finish line. It is His
greatest promise, and is worth the run of your lifetime.