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"Finish Your Race"
by Henry Miranda
10/10/2016 / Christian Living
Hebrews 12:1 (NKJV) 1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
When you become a Christian that's when you start your spiritual race (your purpose that God has for you) and that is the path that God has planned for you. Every Christian runs his own race (1 Corinthians 9:24 and all Christians run this spiritual race. And you must continue the race, whether you run, walk, or crawl. It's not only important to run the race, but that we finish it. And to do that, we must always keep our eye on the prize, which is to be with Jesus.
The "race," in the Christian life is like a marathon, not a sprint, and we are called to stay the course and remain faithful to the end. (2 Timothy 4:7). A marathon is a strenuous test of fitness and endurance. The race set before us requires faith, stamina, commitment, and discipline in order to live faithfully (1 Corinthians 9:2526; Philippians 3:1214; 1 Timothy 6:12). The race is set before us, we do not select the course, for it is God who established it.
The Bible describes our spiritual life as a race. In essence, we are all running a spiritual marathon and in a marathon it is important to set the right pace. It is also very important that we do away with everything that would hinder us from completing our race. Whether it be sin or whatever else that threatens our relationship with God (Hebrews 12:1). Anything that will slow us down must be cast away and removed from our lives. As we continue our race, we must always remember to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2).
Jesus talked about several of these dangers in the parable of the sower in Matthew 13:22. The deceitfulness of riches can really distract us. The cares of this world can be hard to control, because we worry about things we think we have to do. But Jesus showed where our focus should be on the Kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33).
Our race will have trials, and unexpected problems that might make us want to quit. Christianity is a battle, a struggle, and spiritual warfare for all of us. It is a hard thing to learn that Christianity is "fighting the good fight of faith." For every true Christian has experienced the momentary desire to give up Christianity and go back into the world system. Ask Jesus to help you run the race set before you with diligence. If you lean on Him, He'll give you the strength you need to be disciplined spiritually, and help you run the race successfully. Do you have a daily routine for staying in the Word of God and prayer? If not, start one! Set a minimum goal that you know you can keep no matter what. That may be listening to a Christian radio station or a Christian Bible tape. Or it may be reading a devotional, or a few verses of Scripture a day. The Christian life is a fight in which we face a never-ending struggle against evil. Not an earthly military campaign, but a spiritual battle against Satan. You're not running for earthly crowns, but for heavenly crowns. (1 Corinthians 9:24-25).
How we as Christians run the race has eternal consequences. If we do not finish the race, we will not see Jesus. As long as you finish the race, it does not matter what you look like or feel like at the end of the race. Every true Christian will finish the race, but some will do better than others in the running of the race. Some will finish first and some last, but what's important is that we all finish the race.
Nothing else we do in life matters as much as running the race the Lord has set before us because nothing else lasts for eternity. Be diligent in your "race," and keep your eyes on the goal.
Jesus Christ is the final goal of all our spiritual training and endurance in our Christian lives. We are running this life with our eyes fixed on Jesus. Our Christian life involves total concentration, total attention, and total occupation with Jesus Christ. Christ is the goal of our Christian race and we who persevere to the end shall be with Jesus. We have seen marathon runners that pass the finish line after the race is over. They have the satisfaction of completing the race. As Christians, even if we have to struggle to cross the finish line, we must endeavor to finish our race.
Henry Miranda earned a Bachelor of Christian Ministry degree @ Christian Leadership University. Henry Miranda is an Evangelist, Bible Teacher, Author, and Guest Speaker and with the help of the Holy Spirit has written seven life-changing books. You can contact Henry Miranda through his website: http://www.evangelize-for-jesus-ministries.com/
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