Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off every encumbrance and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with endurance the race set out for us. Heb 12:1
There’s an old saying that goes, “It’s not the mountains ahead that wears you out; it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.” To run with endurance, and to run to win, we need to get rid of sin in our lives, even small ones. They keep us from running our race the way God wants us to. We must discipline our flesh and our spirit through prayer, reading God’s Word, and running alongside other believers to be able to endure the race we’ve been given. We each have a certain time frame within which we must run our race, so we need to run to win.
Hebrews 12:1 tells us, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us” (NLT). We each have our own race to run in life. Some of us will run a short distance, some will run a 5k, others a half marathon or a marathon, while others an Iron Man. Whatever race God has set before you, run with endurance and don’t compare your race to someone else’s.
The “race,” then, is the Christian life. It’s a marathon, not a sprint, and we are called to stay the course and remain faithful to the end. A marathon is a strenuous test of fitness and endurance. The race set before us requires faith, stamina, commitment, and discipline in order to live faithfully.The race is “set before us”; we did not select the course, we stay the course in spite of trials and persecutions. As we run, we must “fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. Because He perfectly finished His race, He is the focus of our lives. We look away from all distractions because He is already at the finish line waiting for us to win.
I Declare: Today, I DECLARE that I have the grace I need to run my race. I am full of power, strength, and determination. I put away every weight. I will overcome every obstacle, outlast every challenge, and run till the finish line victoriously.
Ignite Thought: The race of life demands that we do away with “everything that hinders”—sin and whatever else threatens our relationship with God.