1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2; NKJV)
Our sister in Christ who I mentioned last week as nearing death went on to be with Jesus on Saturday. Many of us were remembering her as we gathered on Sunday and one story dealt with her running the race…quite literally…she would train and run a 5K each year for the past few years. Of course, that training and running also was how she lived with Jesus.
The above verse came to mind and I invite you to think about your race today. Each of our races are different as our lives are different. That said, the What, How, and Why of it is the same…Jesus. Our faith in Jesus is the “what race” of our life and dictates what we do in our life. Our determination to glorify Jesus is the “how we race” and the zealous way we try to live for Him. Our hope of life everlasting and spiritual security now is the “why we race” because we know Jesus is worth it. We can look at our life and how we are running it and simply evaluate it through the lens of Jesus. In doing so, we will see the areas that require more training in God’s word and practice in applying it. That training and practice will provide more endurance for our race and we will better make the run from earth to Heaven.
In the story about our sister, one of the points was that when she ran that 5K, people took notice as what she was doing was an accomplishment for a woman of her age. People took notice of her running, they stood up, and they cheered as she ran buy. Strangers did that. People who didn’t know her and didn’t know what it took to get where she was…they recognized the achievement she was realizing. If we run our race spiritually with Jesus, folks are going to notice…even those who don’t know you or Jesus. We pray that as they take notice they might ask “how did you get here” and in that an opportunity for the gospel is presented and the hope for a soul to be saved. All because you trained and ran the race of Jesus. Run on!