Faith is not a spectators sport. As long as we remain on earth, we are to run our course. We have witnesses who have ran this race before us, and by faith we are to follow their example and persevere.
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, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. (NIV)
The writer of Hebrews made the analogy that our lives and running a race have undeniable similarities. One main parallel is that a runner must ignore the distractions all around and focus on the finish line. We, running for our lives, must place our focus on the finish line and not become swayed by life’s woes.
Stagger, Misstep, Trip—Run On!
One of the biggest distractions is when we focus on our faults and failures. The devil likes to tell us that God is not pleased with us because of our past transgressions. Pay him no mind. He wants us to run backwards and get lost in the past. We read in Hebrews that we must get rid of all that baggage and persevere.
Limp, Stumble, Hobble—Run On!
The key to a successful race is to stay close to God, and obey His instructions. God knows where He wants us to go, and He knows how to get us there. We must read His Word and spend quality one-on-one time with Him. These daily practices will develop into an intimate, loving, and trusting relationship. When temptations come, the solid foundation that we have through Christ will encourage us to keep moving forward. I like what the Apostle Paul said in his letter to the Philippians.
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:12-14 NIV)
Unlike what the enemy will tell us, we don’t have to be perfect. All we have to do is keep pressing on.