The Bible compares our Christian walk to a race – it is a race of faith.
Hebrews 12:1-2, “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, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
I love to run. I used to run a whole lot faster than I do now. Back in the day, my heart and lungs worked in a rhythm which was almost lulling. Now, every joint aches and my body protests every step. Some of you know what I’m talking about!
One of my favorite work-outs was wind sprints – even though I would’ve never admitted it to my coach or teammates. Who loves those? Wind sprints are speed endurance agility drills. Plain and simple, players line up, whistle blows, you run as fast as you can to the 10 yard line, then the 20 yard line, the 30 yard line and so on. It was all about enduring, pushing through the pain, increasing power, and persevering. I was always thankful for wind sprints on Friday night, 4th quarter, when running up and down that field wasn’t what I wanted to do – especially if we were losing.
Sometimes in life we are called to run wind sprints and sometimes marathons. The key to being a good runner is eyes forward, not looking back. It’s easier said than done, when trouble is breathing down our necks and the very footsteps of what we fear is at our heels. But the race is won keeping our eyes focused ahead on Jesus Christ – not looking back at our past – not fearing what is behind us – not holding on to where we’ve already run – but moving forward to where God is taking us.
Isaiah 40:31, “…but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.“
So let us run the good race God has put before us, focused fully on Him.