Hebrews 12:1 Run the Race #180
Hebrews 12:1 is a verse that I love and another verse that I am not sure how I went so long without sharing. The Passion Translation says, “As for us, we have all of these great witnesses who encircle us like clouds, each affirming faith’s reality. So we must let go of every wound that has pierced us and the sin we so easily fall into. Then we will be able to run life’s marathon race with passion and determination, for the path has been already marked out before us.”
When I think about myself as a believer it reminds me a lot of working out. I love the correlation between a physical race, since I love to compete in them, and our spiritual race with Jesus. Walking with Christ is just that, a walk. It isn’t a sprint, but it’s more comparative to a marathon, just as the Passion Translation points out.
I have competed in both 5K’s and half-marathon and I can tell you that my pace is much different between the two. If I ran a half-marathon at the pace I do a 5K, I wouldn’t last long, at all. I would be out of breath and I would be in pain. During a longer race, it’s very important that I pace myself throughout the race. If I were to start off in a sprint, after a few miles I would get tired and quit. However, if I start and finish at the same pace, I know that I will cross the finish line and be rewarded with a medal.
And what is needed to complete any race? Or really any difficult task in life? Passion and determination! It takes effort, energy and dedication, right? If it didn’t, I would personally quit every race within the first mile. In addition to making a commitment that no matter how bad I feel or how hard the course is, that I absolutely will finish, it also takes the passion and determination within me to not only start, but finish too. Endurance and perseverance are also needed in your spiritual race with Christ.
You are called to finish the race, not quit during the race. Don’t let your walk with Christ overwhelm you. Know that there are many great witnesses who have gone before you and finished well. Also know that to run a race you have to move forward, meaning, you can’t dwell on the sins and hurts from your past. There will be grace for each day.
Your race is not about following rules or placing check marks down a long to-do list, but it’s all about having a relationship with Jesus. If you don’t know how to start your marathon, start small. Buy a bible or download the youversion bible app. Read a chapter a day. Slowly over time you can find a church, get involved in bible studies, and a very important one – surround yourself with other believers.
Keep the end, heaven, in sight. No matter what you face on your journey, don’t give up. As trials come, life gets hard and the enemy attacks, continue to keep your eyes on Christ. The path has already been marked for you so know as a believer, Jesus is with you every step of the way. Keep pressing forward with perseverance for the race marked for you. Seek Jesus with passion and determination. And, whatever you do, make sure to enjoy the race the Lord has marked out before you!
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