Keep On Running
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.” Hebrews 12:1-4
For some of you, you feel like the race is over because everyone else seems to be running faster. Or maybe their lives just don't have the hurdles that you have. But I wanted to let you know that whatever you’re going through, the race ain’t over yet. Keep your eyes locked on Jesus, who’s cheering you on - for the next race is about to start.
On your marks, Get set, Go! But how many of us run on their mark. How many of us look at the people in our lives and compare ourselves to them and in the end, end up running on their mark. God gave us our own track, our own lane but we’re looking left and right to others in their lane, rather than fixing our eyes ahead and looking at Jesus who’s telling us to run our own race.
When we align our plan with other people’s plan, we no longer allow ourselves to fulfil our purpose because we are fulfilling their purpose by running the track God called them to, not us. Along the way, there’s going to be hurdles and trust me, you will crash and burn because you keep looking left and right rather than straight ahead.
When you are constantly fixated on other people’s lives, you end up wasting all your energy on them and forgetting that you have your own race to run. Yet, you feel like you can’t go anywhere because you don’t have a clear vision of where God is taking you. Your mind is clouded with the vision God has for other people, not you. Rather, listen and trust the vision God has for you and wait to go on God’s mark.
When you stay in your lane, everything works out perfectly because Coach Jesus, our professional champ, has a perfect destiny awaiting us. When you compare your position with others even for the slightest of a second, it will slow you down. Just like the weight of sin, it holds us back from reaching Jesus at the finish line.
To run with endurance, according to Google, is to have the ability to bear an unpleasant or difficult process or situation without giving away. It requires a great deal of stamina, but in order to have stamina, we need to train ourselves. Every athlete will tell you that it takes effort whilst training, in order to see results. Our spiritual life should also be an exercise. The more we work at it, the quicker we will see results.
Similarly, if we fail to progressively overload by not pushing ourselves to overcome resistance, then our results can only plateau. Many of us settle for a resilient faith. This is the kind of faith, where one hopes to make it through the obstacle – no better, no worse. Instead, I believe we were made for an anti-fragile faith, where the testing of our faith produces something positive. We become somewhat stronger because of the setback.
For let us keep our eyes on Jesus, for He is the perfect athlete, who endured an anti-fragile faith. He allowed himself to die and come back resurrected. He dies in shame and comes back in glory. He empties himself as weak yet comes back with power. Death where is your sting? With the grace of God, I pray that we too will be able to endure the trials in our lives by exercising an anti-fragile faith.
If we feed on the Word of God, it will give us strength to run the race. Jesus is our buddy – you don’t have to feel like you’re running alone. For the Lord will run the lap with you. He will be our source of energy. Stop looking to run with the crowd but look to run where Jesus is calling you to be…
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