The Run of a Lifetime

 

Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize?

Run in such a way that you may obtain it. (1 Cor 9:24)

This past weekend was interesting, and colorful. Harrison, Hanna, Sara and I all made the trek to Atlanta, Georgia and ran in the “Color Run”. We all started nice and clean, and ended, well, colorful, to say the least. It interests me that the Bible compares the Christian life to a race. Look at some similarities which are mentioned.

The Christian life is a race  and not a sprint.  The Christian life is a race, not in the sense that we are seeing who will be first, but in terms of endurance. Sprints are short burst of energy and anyone who has ever practiced sprinting knows you cannot keep those short bursts up for long periods of time. The Hebrew writer reminds us that this is a race we should “run with endurance” (Hebrews 12:1). James reminds us that because of “patience” or endurance we may be “perfect”. The Christian life is not always an easy life; there are many trials in the lives of those who are Christians. We cannot sprint our way to the finish line, but it is a race of endurance.

The Christian life has a goal. The Hebrew writer again reminds us that in our Christian race we are to “look to Jesus” who is both the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). Goals in life are important. Those who have been the most successful in this life know the importance of setting goals and not taking their eyes off the goal. For the Christian the ultimate goal or end result is that of Heaven. To reach that goal we must EACH leave our eyes on Jesus. But we also have goals here. Paul says we make it our “aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him” (2 Cor 5:9). Walking through this life is not pointless; it is meant for us to spend our time being “pleasing” to God.

The Christian race has only winners.  The run which we were a part of this past weekend had no winners or losers; as a matter of fact it was tagged as the “Happiest 5k on the planet”. The goal of this race was just to finish. The goal of each and every Christian is very similar –  we are to finish. Jesus reminded the disciples that “I go to prepare a place for you” (John 14:1-2). That place is not limited to just a few people, but it is limited to “all those who obey” (Heb 5:9). Thankfully, God has promised that Heaven will not “run out of room” for those who have endured, those who have kept their eyes on the goal, who have been pleasing to God, and those who obey.

Ande

 

 

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