Hebrews 12:1-2 NLT 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. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.
And even if our setup is perfect, and we are ready, one loose shoelace could easy knock us to the ground. Let’s do a prerace checkup and make sure we don’t have any loose ends that could potentially trip us up
1. A planned course that we can follow. That plan God has placed before you. Life this life is a crazy scavenger hunt with a moving target and no ending.
2. Races have a champion: Jesus is our champion. He lived this life, the same way as us. He had mom, dad, brothers, sisters, went to school. Dealt with drama, people trying to accuse him of things he didn’t do, people gossiping about him. And he was perfect in his life as the model for us.
3. At the end of every race, there is celebration party! Our celebration awaits us in heaven with the other champions who have run before us. Living faithfully for God.
Right now, I can say, things aren’t perfect, and the path can seem cloudy. But close your eyes and imagine what it’s going to be like in heaven!
When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’d first begun.
Friend, fellow runner, faithful warrior: It may be a little tough right now, but there’s a beautiful end goal!
And I don’t want to be there alone, I hope we can usher in as many across that finish line as possible.
Until the wheels fall off the cart
Until I wear our my knees in battle.
Let’s keep on running with resolution for the final goal!
IAM a witness to the life of faith.
IAM called to testify about the life of faith through Christ Jesus
And I must carry out that calling with resolution and endurance