Editable vector illustration of a man winning a race
“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.”
Who would have ever thought that the writer in Hebrews would refer to life as a race. When we train for any kind of race we focus on building up endurance. As Christians we focus on being a people who endure and persevere in the supremacy of Jesus. The Bible doesn’t tell us that once we are Christians that it’s clear sailing in fact it’s the opposite a lot of times. There will be agony in life, we should expect it because it is necessary for spiritual strength. Self-pity becomes the inability to process that suffering will go around us. Run the race with endurance and run for the joy you find in Jesus. Consider that he has already suffered and paid the price for all of us. It is when we are weak that we are strong.
“Lord, thank you that I don’t have to run this race alone. Thank you that my sins have already been bought and paid for. Help me to see that when I am at my weakest I am actually at my strongest.” Amen
10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10 NIV