“RUN YOUR RACE”
“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.”
The Christian life is described to us in a number of ways by the use of metaphors. Believers in Christ are likened unto shining lights, branches of the vine, salt of the earth, sheep, soldiers, strangers and pilgrims. In this particular text, the writer is using the metaphor of a runner running a race. It is appropriate that this passage follows the chapter of men and women who had extraordinary faith. Their faith was described as being, “in faith,” “by faith,” and “through faith.” One would therefore conclude that faith is the most necessary principle to finish the race (of life) in victory and obtain the prize at the end.
There are conditions in our lives that can prevent us from running the race with any measure of success at all. There are weights that impede our progress because we become distracted by them and give more attention to them than we do to the finish line and the prize that is set before us (cf Philippians 3:14). Also, there are besetting sins (sins that keep hanging around; unconquered sins) that certainly impair our vision and sap us of strength needed to run a successful race. Unconfessed and unconquered sin is the nemesis of so many who start the race but never finish. But, there are certain rules that we should adopt as a priority if we are serious about the race. Let me share with you a few personal thoughts on this subject.
The Lord Jesus Christ sums it up with these words, “And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62).Pastor H. Preston Parker