Hebrews 12:1-3 “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 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 is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.”
The Bible compares the Christian life to a race that we all run. If you have ever run before, this comparison can really put your Christian journey into a good perspective.
Two things a good runner must establish if he is going to run long distances are the two following things:
1. Find your pace.
2. Focus on your fuel.
We as Christians must understand that God has a different race and pace for us to run. Though we can be inspired and challenged by those who have gone before us and those we are running alongside, we must understand that God has a specific will and timeline for our lives. We must, as the verse says, run with patience. We must patiently wait on the Lord to take and bring things in and out of our lives as He so chooses. We must find a pace that God wants to run at. Let’s not run too slow and never accomplish anything, and let’s not get ahead of God’s plan for our lives by speeding things up. God has perfectly chosen our race specifically for us with a destination and outcome that will give us fulfillment beyond our comprehension.
Secondly and lastly, we must focus on our fuel. A good runner understands that his breathing is the fuel for accomplishing his goal. If he focuses on his fuel, and not his aching feet and legs, he will find himself running longer, harder, and faster. The same goes for us as Christians. The Bible says, “Looking unto Jesus… consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.” If we focus on the trials and hardships we face in this life, it will make the race so much harder, and eventually, we will either slow up or give up. Let’s keep our eyes on Jesus and finish our race for Him!
Pride distances us from God’s blessings because pride removes God from our minds.
When we prioritize God as Jehoshaphat did, we unlock blessings that have a profound impact on our lives.