"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. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart." Heb 12:1-3 (NIV)
|Image: federico stevanin / FreeDigitalPhotos.net|
I never was very good at racing. I'm not sure I ever felt the joy of victory when I was running. I was always just thankful I wasn't the last one to finish.
No one really likes to lose a race. I remember racing Amber one time. She was folding washclothes and I was making supper. We were racing to see who would get done first. She was folding like crazy and was going to beat me, but I was still teasing her and telling her I was going to win. She became fearful she would lose, so she said, "Mom, I might not be racing." I asked her why. She answered, "Well, if I win then I'm racing, but if you beat me than I wasn't racing."
I am so grateful to God that we as Christians are running a race that we already know the who the winner is. Romans 8:37 tells us that "we are more than conquerors through him who loved us." We will be victorious because Christ has won the victory over death.
The difficult part of this race comes in the persevering. Some days are harder than others. Sometimes we just don't feel like we're winning. The key is to keep our focus where it belongs. Heb. 12:2 tells us to "fix our eyes on Jesus." It's always easier to keep running if we keep our eyes on the goal--the goal of one day being with Jesus. There will be nothing like it.
Now that's a race I can keep on running because I'm gonna win!
Linking up with: