How to Run Your Race

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us." - Hebrews 12:1

Some of the weights that hinder us in running our race (God's plan for us) are:
  • hanging out with the wrong people
  • wrong ambitions
  • bad attitudes
  • addictions
  • some social events that we attend
  • some business deals
  • some investment opportunities
The Bible tells us to get rid of these things. They need to be laid aside, along with the sin of unbelief. We can trust Jesus and wait on Him, even through our hard times.

We have to keep looking to Jesus for strength - not trusting in ourself, our profession, our experiences, or other people.
"We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith." Hebrews 12:2a

We have a race to run - His plan for us. We have to receive His strength and keep going. Men like Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses kept running their race and looking to God for guidance and strength. The Lord was able to use them in mighty ways.
(the witnesses mentioned in Hebrews 11)

And when we feel like giving up, verse 3 tells us to consider Him. We haven't really had to suffer or go through anything as bad as Jesus did. They spat on Him, accused Him, called Him names, hated Him, killed Him.
"Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people;
then you won’t become weary and give up." Hebrews 12:3

God puts things and challenges in our lives that make us become better Christian disciples. Correction and discipline are not always punishments. When we've been disciplined by the Lord, it is for our own good and part of His plan for us. God is wise and still on the throne. He chooses what is best for us. And He will give us the strength to endure the race He planned for us. (from Hebrews 12:5-12)

In order to run my race better, I need to get rid of some weights: bitterness, worry, impatience, eating for emotional reasons. These things are just weighting me down and keeping me from serving God better.

How about you?
Are there any weights that you need to lay aside? Have you been experiencing the Lord's discipline in your own life?


rindy said...

Just reading and thinking about Hebrews yesterday! Encouraging to really think about all who kept their faith.

Over the past couple of years, I have laid aside weights of abuse, shame, guilt, self-hate, and you name it--the feeling and freedom is overwhelimingly wonderful. It started with one person accepting me where I was, not trying to "fix" me, but just reaching out to understand---that is something we can all strive to do for someone else.

Shari said...

Rindy, Thank you for being honest about the weights that you have set aside. I'm so glad that you are feeling the freedom. It reminds me of a song by the Newsboys - I am free to run, I am free to dance, I am free to live for You, I am free.

Just Jen said...

2Cr 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,
2Cr 1:4 who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
2Cr 1:5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.
2Cr 1:6 Now if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effective for enduring the same sufferings which we also suffer. Or if we are comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.
2Cr 1:7 And our hope for you is steadfast, because we know that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so also you will partake of the consolation.

you go girl!

Christina. B said...

Impatience! That is definatly a weight for me.

Thanks for the looming advice. I already have them in all mom gave me one when i was like 7 and i havent stopped using them since.