Run The Race Well
In this year you may have laboured, you may have served, you have given, you may have sacrificed, you may have suffered but there is a fresh purpose of God for you in this year, which is mainly, to journey strong and run the race in your Christian life. And that is why in the letter to the Hebrews, the author had already warned the audience, that you may just drift away from Christ.
Hebrews 2:1 – “Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.”
Do Not Rest On Your Past Achievements
The author adds in chapter 3, that you may fall away from the living God. You cannot rest on your past achievements, and you cannot say to God, I believed you yesterday; but the key is, “are you still believing today?”
Hebrews 3:12 – “Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God.”
In Hebrews 10, he reminds us that we need endurance, and we need to keep believing. Do not just start well, make sure we run strong and finish well. Let that be your focus on a day to day basis.
Hebrews 10:36 – “For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.”
Life Is The Race
Near the end of this book, the author reminds us again:
Hebrews 12:1 – “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…”
The writer likens the Christian life to a race and nobody starts a race hoping to end it poorly. Everyone desires to begin a race and end well. So he says, let us not just start well but let us learn to finish well. The apostle Paul himself said, “I have fought the good fight, I finished the course, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7).
1 Corinthians 9:24 – “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.”
What is the aim of our running? The aim of our running the race should be the prize. Opinions on this differ much in the Evangelical world, where most of the focus is given to the act of being forgiven, miracles, prosperity and then going to heaven.
But in the New Covenant understanding of truth, which we find in the Word of God and is our ultimate authority on this subject, we find that although these are included, the actual aim is Jesus Christ. The prize is the Lord Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 12:2 – “…looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
If the prize is Christ then we have to run looking to Him as well as focusing on Him. We must not be distracted by anything else. It also means that the race will be to overcome everything that is not Christ.
The Christian life is the narrow path, and a highly demanding one. We can never grow unless there is resistance which is necessary to progress. There must be something against which one can press and push, something that presents opposition and which has to be resisted and overcome. So our race is a matter of overcoming, and primarily of overcoming the natural by the spiritual.
Wishing you well,Godwin.