How to run a good race (1)

You know how sometimes you go out to run a few kilometres, but after a while you face one of those very difficult moments, when it feels like you are out of breath and tired and you just can’t do it anymore. You probably also know that those difficult moments actually pass quite quickly if you keep on running, because most of us are physically capable of running those distances.

It is exactly the same with our spiritual journey with God. From time to time we face those difficult moments, which might be caused by sin, but also by something that hinders us, that is a burden for us, or by the feeling that God is far away from us. At those difficult moments the only question is – what kind of a choice do we make? Do we decide to stop running and just give up? Or do we decide not to look at our feelings and keep on running?

The Word of God actually says quite a lot about running. Let’s look at Hebrew 12:1–3: 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. 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. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Lets look at it like it is written to us today, not only to the Hebrews. We are given quite good instructions on how to run a good race.

  • 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.

It is clear that sin is something that might stop us from running a good race. It is not only sin, though, but everything that hinders us. We must look into our hearts and our lives to see what it is that hinders us personally. What it is in our lives that has become bigger than God – maybe something you worry about, or maybe some problems you have. Those everyday issues might easily grow bigger than God in our lives, so they start to stop us from running.

Genesis 4:7: If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.

 Nele Otto

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