Written by the brilliant Robin
I used to do a lot of running, I would do cross country and the 1500 metres during sports days. I was okay but hardly a pro. During the race I would go through several phases of emotion, first the excitement, then determination, then at about the second lap it started to hurt and I found myself taking really deep breaths and pushing myself to carry on. I would start to slow, but not wanting to give up I would become focussed on the race and putting one foot in front of the other. It was a wonderful feeling to finish.
In this passage the writer describes the Christian life as “the race God has set before us” so from that we know that the Christian life will be exciting but not always easy, and at times we may be tired or feel we cannot go on. But the writer doesn’t leave us there, we’re given 4 big bits of encouragement and advice to help us when we are “running this race”..
The first is when he mentions the huge “cloud of witnesses”, these are all the Christians who have gone before is, who have probably been through the hard things you go through and have trusted in God. If you’ve run a race you’ll know it feels so much better to have a crowd cheering you on, that’s what as Christians we have!
Secondly, he tells us to try and get rid of the sin that is like a weight on our feet that trips us up. Thirdly he encourages us that if we feel God is giving us a hard time in our lives, we must remember that He is our loving Father and loving Fathers sometimes discipline their children, so trust that through tough times God still loves you as his child and wants you to grow and develop.
Finally and perhaps most importantly we’re told the way that we run with endurance is to look to Jesus, the pioneer and perfector of our faith. It really is that simple, look to Jesus and what he has done in dying on the cross and suddenly our troubles seem so much less and we realise He has done the hard work necessary for us to know God and to run this race, and He will be there from start to finish!