Hebrews 12: Run Your Race
Hebrews 12 encourages us to remember that as Christians, we need to continue on the trail because it will be worth it in the end.
Heb 12:1 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,
Heb 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
We’re supposed to run the race we are entered in. I used to go to track meets to watch my sister run, and when it was time for the 3000 m, most coaches were encouraging their athletes to “run your race.” In other words, they were encouraging these athletes to do their best and do what had to be done to finish the race effectively. Each runner had to run the race that was before him or her in obviously the best amount of time possible. It did not necessarily matter what the other runners around were doing.
Thinking about this then in the context of our Christian faith, it seems to me that we are a lot like that. We are all in the same race. We are all human after all, and as Christians, we are united in our desire to follow Jesus Christ. However, our individual race might vary slightly. Paul encourages us to lay aside the things that will hold us back like sin, and even though we all have a sin nature without a doubt, we do have personal weaknesses that may be slightly different.
That is why it is important to look at Jesus. Yes, we might have different experiences and life stories, and that is fine. However, we are looking at Jesus Christ and following Him wherever that leads during life because we know where it is going to lead after life.