Run The Race With Perseverence
by Myra Tobin, Set Me Free Ministries Board of Directors
How do Christians approach the lives we live? I was considered a distance runner in high school, and my coach spent time with me training me to focus on certain things while running, especially when I was tired and hurting. In the race, you concentrate on the mechanics of running, and that helps you run better. Some examples of mechanics in a race would be focusing on pumping your arms faster, relaxing your muscles, and running through the finish line. In the “race” of our lives as Christians, we can live or “run” much better by focusing on the basis of Christianity. But so often we get bogged down in tiredness and pain, which causes us to slow down or stop instead of remembering the mechanics of focusing on Christ, the author and perfecter of our faith, who can help us keep running the “race.” The reward for finishing well is hearing God say to us, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” May we all finish well.
Hebrews 12:1 – 3 says, “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. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him 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 sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”