The journey of faith is a race. It’s one we are called to finish and finish victorious! The cross is the ultimate symbol of victory and the entire Bible looks to and from this event. This victorious mindset should change the way we live and view life – we are already champions through the work of Jesus.
1 Corinthians 9:25 “And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to win a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown”
We have just finished the Olympic Game where athletes have trained their entire life for the chance to win a (perishable) medal. Throughout the brutal regime of training, there most certainly would have been moments when they wanted to throw in the towel and give up. We need faith to finish our race. Hebrews 11 recounts men and women of the Bible displaying faith against the odds. Faith does not mean the absence of challenges in life, but rather a product of the journey.
Hebrews 12: 1 – 2 provides answers to the faith dilemma, about how we can respond when we feel like giving up.
“We are surrounded by a great a cloud of witnesses…” There is something about running in front of a stadium that spurs us on to strive that little bit harder. In the stadium of heaven, there is an atmosphere that inspires us and encourages us to push on
“Lay aside every weight and sin” Beware of distractions that can weigh you down, just like athletes who are dressed in streamlined outfits to minimise wind resistance
“Run with endurance” Recognise the journey of faith is not a sprint but a marathon. It takes time and training to develop spiritual fitness
“Looking unto Jesus” Ultimately, our mentor and role model is Jesus. He stands at the finish line waiting for us, having run the race and endured the challenges himself, ready to present us with an imperishable crown of our own.