Faith Walk: The race


Run the race. Stay the course. Never give up.

These are statements that have been used many time to speak of persevering to the final victory. The Christian life is often compared to a race by the writers of the New Testament.

It is an unusual race we are running. There is a finish line at the end of this race. There is a great victory for the winners of this race. But it is a race that is run in a different way from the normal race.

Usually a race is won by the fastest runner. He is the one who crosses the finish line first. There is always a prize of some kind for the winner of the race. Sometimes others in the race may win a prize.

This race of life is different. The main difference is this. Everyone who finishes the race wins the prize. That prize is an incorruptible crown of life.

The writer of Hebrews speaks of our race this way: “…let us also lay aside every weight and sin which clings so closely and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith …” (Heb. 12:1-2)

Endurance is the requirement for victory in this race. Patience is another word that describes how we endure.

We want to win the race of life. The victory comes by enduring patience which means we never give up. We persevere until we cross that final victory line.

This imagery or metaphor of our life for Christ being the running of a race should help to keep us strong every day. Whatever obstacles arise to block your way, remember you must finish strong. Paul wrote to the Corinthians to carefully continue and never stop until this course is finished. (1 Cor. 9: 24-27)

Jesus said, “The one who endures to the end will be saved.” There it is again. Endure. Persevere. Continue. Never quit. And you will win in the race of life.

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