RUN YOUR RACE
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,” Hebrews 12:1
This verse here is one of the most important verses of scripture to me. I actually believe it’s of importance to all believers.
You see the scripture wasn’t originally written in chapters and verses. Most of the Old Testament books were inspired historical documents while all the epistles were letters, long letters, written by Paul to the churches he had planted. Unlike today, they didn’t have the luxury of technology for real time communication as such they had to depend on writing letters.
So in one letter, he’d try to cover as many issues and topics as he can.
But for the ease of reference and search, the Bible translators broke the letters and books. Such was the case with our text. Paul had made a point about the heroes of faith in Hebrews 11. Then in chapter 12, he says we are compasses with a cloud of witnesses.
Paul must have had the Athenian games in mind which is very much like our Olympic Games today. In much same way as you have the crowd in the stadium cheering their favorite athlete, Paul says all these heroes of faith are on the grandstand watching us, cheering us on as we run our own race.
You see, there’s a definite race set before everyone of us. And just like in every race, each athlete has his own track that he must stay on. If he moves out of his track, comparing or competing with another runner, he’s disqualified.
Paul uses the phrase ‘the race that is set before us’. Friend, there’s a race set before you and you alone. Have you taken the time to discern what the race is? Are you intentional about staying in fellowship with the Holy Spirit so as to remain sensitive to His leadings?
Comparison and Competition are the two cardinal sins when running this race. Your race is unique. Your race is different. Don’t compare yourself with another.
Also note that Paul says to run the race with patience. Patience as used here in the Greek isn’t a complacent word. It’s the ‘tenacity of consistency
Blessed Lord, I thank you for giving me a purpose and a destiny; I’m running swiftly to win the prize of the high calling of God in my life, shaking off every hindrance on my path. I run my race as a spiritual sportsman, equipped for the life of victory with the Word. Praise God! In Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
1 Corinthians 3:5-23