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; Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. ~ Hebrews 12:1-2
You are not alone in this life of faith. You have a whole cheering section rooting you on.
Have you ever run a race?
I have not. Believe me, I need a cheering section just to run around the block, but in races, friends and family come out to cheer you on. There are people waiting to hand you a drink of water, and others holding signs. For some, it is the crowd who pushes them to the finish.
The race gets difficult at times.
Sometimes quitting seems like a good option, but then you look around and realize you are not alone. People you love and others you do not even know are supporting you. They want you to finish, because they know you can.
You can do it.
The Bible says we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses in this race. They are standing on the sidelines cheering us on. They know we can finish the race if we will just keep running.
You have cheerleaders that look a lot like Moses, Noah, David, Paul, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. (I had to lump all four of those last guys together, because I can’t just say one name without the others. That’s why I named my son John and not Matthew. If I went with Matthew, he would have three middle names.)
They are yelling, “Keep running. You can do it. Not much farther now. It’s all downhill from here. The finish line is just ahead. Run. Run. Run!”
Fix your eyes on Jesus and run.
Living this life of faith is not always easy, but no race is ever easy. Easy is not the point. Finishing is the goal, so just keep running.
Say it like Dori, the fish on Nemo, says “Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming.”
Friends, the finish line is just ahead. Those who have gone on before are cheering you on. Jesus is waiting for you with open arms at the end of this race.
I want Him to say well done.
So just keep running.
31 Days of Living by Faith are over, but the race goes on. Will you run with me?
Some days I need someone to come alongside me and remind me to just keep running. I suspect you do too, so let’s cheer each other on. It isn’t about who has the fastest time or who gets to the finish line first. It’s all about running well. Some days that looks likes a slow jog and other days, it’s a sprint.
Just fix your eyes on Jesus and listen for the cheerleaders.