Running the Race

Running The Race



God Disciplines His Sons

Hebrews 12: 1Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and Perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Galatians 5:7 You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth?Couch-potato  

2 Timothy 2:4 No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs—he wants to please his commanding officer.

To build on Lance’s last post, let’s take a look, for an instant, of where we have been and where we want to go.  I think about the parable of the seed that Jesus told his disciples and other witnesses to the Truth.  The point of the Parable, to this post, is where you are getting your strength and training from.  The point being that there is a beginning and an ending and that we have to be prepared to finish the race strong.  Lance made a point that he had to raise the bar in his life as a runner and as a husband and father, by surrounding himself with others, who raised the bar from mediocrity to the elite.  Not all of us can go out and consistently run a 5:30 minute mile for one mile, let alone 8 miles straight.  However, with a lot of encouragement and training from his friends, Lance was able to meet that goal and looking back, realized that it was all the more sweeter. 

Today is the second day of January in the year 2010.  Many of us may find ourselves frustrated with our lives (our marriages, our parenting, our work, and our serving others) and may desire to do more.  As a new Christian we jumped out of the starting blocks and read our bibles daily and got involved at church and for some may have joined a mini-church or men’s group, BUT then it happened, we slipped back into that hidden sin of ours and that laziness and we are no longer able to compete the way that we started.  I like what Galatians says in that who cut in on us and took away the truth from our lives.  It is never too late to pick up the Word and start training again.  We can open up the very book that will read our lives to the core and convict us of that which we have to let go and to move closer to God.  We can pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide us in our race.  We are all in this race, called life, and it is not a sprint, nor is it a quick jaunt around the race track, but it is a marathon race.  We need to stay fit (biblically and physically speaking).  We need to sharpen our senses and prepare for battle.  We need to have accountability in our life (free accountability software) and we need to be honest with God and with our wives (lives for some who are not married) and to start the training process all over again.

Elite training  Do you want to be elite?  Do you want a purpose driven life?  Do you want to step out of mediocrity and into the elite? That is, do you want to be a disciple for Christ?  A soldier in the ultimate battle for lives, this is war and this is for keeps?  Are you ready?  Are you prepared?  What is it going to take to get you off your seats and instead of being a pew sitter, you can become a heavy hitter in the Kingdom of God.