Racing Tips

July 1, 2010 at 8:54 am | Posted in Hebrews | 13 Comments
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A marathon is a foot-race that is 26 miles, 385 yards long. That’s quite a long distance to cover by foot! It might surprise you to learn, however, that almost anybody can finish a marathon. The feat is not in finishing – the feat is in how long it takes you to finish! It might take some of us a few hours to finish. It might take some of us a few months. It all depends on how well we run the race.

The Christian life is the same way. All Christians are going to finish the race of life. The question is, how well will you run along the way? The past champions of faith have left testimonies that witness to believers today that it is possible to run the race of the Christian life very well, indeed. (See Hebrews 11.)

No one hoping to run well in a marathon would intentionally act foolish during the race. Rolling on the ground, leaving the race-route, running backwards, stopping for a nap, feuding with other runners, or scarfing down heavy snacks along the way, would, I think we can all agree, greatly hinder one’s ability to run well in a marathon.

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We may compare these actions to sins that easily beset Christians on a daily basis. They have no merit whatsoever, and should be prohibited for marathon-runners. In the race of the Christian life sins must definitely be laid aside as we run.

However, there are some things, which are not necessarily forbidden to runners, but which are just not good ideas in a marathon. Bulky, heavy clothes are one example. The wrong kind of shoes for running is another. It would make sense to drink water during the race, but not to carry a giant drum full of it on your back.

We may compare these actions to practices in the life of a believer which are not necessarily sinful, but which weigh us down. They may still allow us to run, but they prevent us from running with the excellence and swiftness that the Lord wants. These weighty distractions must also be laid aside.

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


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