Running the Race

Hebrews 12:1-3 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.  Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up.”

I want to live out this verse.  So many times, God will tell me to do something, and I’ll step up and do it, no matter how hard it is, if I know I have clearly heard from God, I’ll do what He says.  The thing is, as soon as its done, I’m like “Whew, that was terribly hard; I can’t believe I did that–that was all God’s strength.  There’s no way I could have done that on my own.” etc etc and I’ll spend so much time looking back at what God’s done and what He has said that I am not looking ahead to the next thing.  I stop and pant and “catch my breath” spiritually, forgetting that it is His breath in my lungs, His joy as my strength, and His blood my heart is beating.

I want to set aside every weight holding me down, especially sin that trips me up.  I want to forget the former things and see the new things God is ready for me to do.  I don’t want to jog along spiritually–I want to RUN.  And if you want the same, let me remind you as I remind myself that it is not our strength that upholds us, our actions that save us.  It is His breath in our lungs as we run, and we can only run if our eyes are set forward on Jesus, our end goal.  He is our example, our aim.  May we set our minds and hearts on Him and all He endured, and may we receive and run in the strength that He has given us.  May we disregard our shame and embrace the identity and cleansing that Christ died for us to have!  May we boldly approach the throne of grace, for we are more than conquerors because of Him who loves us.

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I'm a writer who publishes my thoughts on the life I'm living, literature I'm reading, and God I'm serving. Psalm 27:4 One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.

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