“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,”Hebrews 12:1
I have struggled with sin my whole life. I know to those that know me, this is no big revelation. I have struggled and battled many sins and addictions. I often prayed that sin would no longer be attractive to me, but God has said, “My grace is sufficient for thee.” Sin is often like a potato chip and it is rare that you stop at only one.
I have ran many races with a particular friend, and he has yet to beat me in a race. We would finish a race, and he would immediately go to check his time. He has come close to passing me but I still have been able to squeak by. I thought this would be the year he would beat me, but I still keep my record as of today.
We ran a particular summer night race and he was in great shape. The race started and he took off like a cheetah. I took a deep breath and took off, but at a much slower pace. I was trying to chase him but the gap grew greater and greater until I could no longer see him. I said, “Well my streak ends today.” I kept pushing and there was a water station at mile 1. I still felt fine, so I pressed on. As I was passing the water station, I saw my friend camped out at the water station and he looked exhausted. He didn’t see me and I just kept going.
I picked up some steam as I felt this way my time to build a lead. I never relinquished my lead and my friend burned himself out from such a fast start. He knew he would not catch me and he took photos of the race and stopped at every water station because he knew defeat was forthcoming.
As Christians, we often do the same thing as we run the Christian race. We have a lot of energy in the beginning and then soon lose steam. We go back to the sins that are comfortable and the sins that are addictive. We lose sight of why we are running and who we are running for. We get distracted at the sin water stations, and we sometimes don’t run at all. A runner needs to be free of distractions and extra weight that would prohibit success in the race.
Where are you today in the race God has called you to run? Are you tripped up by besetting sins? Are you distracted by the allure of this world? Do you have a desire to be the best in the race God has you called you to run? What is holding you back in the race? What weight do you need to shed, so that you can run freely and faster? May we push to the finish line as every day we draw closer, and may we long to hear, “Well done thy good and faithful servant.”