“You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth?” (Gal.5:7)
I have never really enjoyed running. Sure, I enjoyed playing sports growing up–baseball, basketball, football, soccer. I even enjoyed the occasional game of racquetball, when we could find a court available. But, I was never into running for the sake of running. Now that physical limitations prevent me from running, there is a part of me that wishes I could run. While playing soccer in high school, I was able to build up great stamina, but I was never very fast. Sprinting definitely was not my strong suit. While running may not appeal to you, you are running a race, whether you know it or not. So many are caught up in the rat-race of life, running themselves to death as they chase after phantom fulfillment. The only race of any lasting importance is the Christian race. We enter the race when we decide to give our lives to Jesus by submitting to his commands. The finish-line is eternal life with him. The Christian race is all about endurance. Many start well, only to quit running somewhere along the way. This race is not won by the biggest, the fastest, the smartest, the most popular, or the richest. The Christian race goes to the one who is most determined to keep running, not because he is more dedicated or more worthy, but because he realizes his life is meaningless without Jesus. He stays in the race because he wants to see his Lord face to face in eternity. He refuses to give up because Jesus refused to give up. You see, the Christian race is all about how you finish. In order to finish, you must begin, and you must endure to the end. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.
“Heavenly Father, help us to run the Christian race with patience. Help us to keep our eyes focused on you and eternal life with you. Forgive us when we allow the things of this life to distract us from running the race as we should. Thank you for allowing Jesus to run this race before us, showing us the way to you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”