If you are thinking that the Amazing Race is a modern day reality TV show then you are right! But that is not what I am referring to. The amazing race I am referring to is the race that the writer of Hebrews 12:1-2 is talking about.
“…run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus…”
We are all running the race of life right now and we are all running towards one thing. Death. That is where all of us will end up.
Ecclesiastes 3:20 “…All are from the dust, and to dust all return.”
Just as Solomon said, no one is going to cheat death. Now for the believer this is good news because we are cleansed of our sins and when the writer of Hebrews talks about judgment after death, we will be saved from the judgment of our sins because of God’s grace. But, sometimes life is hard and you just want to quit. But we are to “run with endurance” This however, is no easy task and when life gets hard and you just want to quit and stay in bed, how are we to continue on? Thankfully God gave us the “how to” continue on. “looking to Jesus” We would not be able to live life on our own but when life gets hard instead of rolling over in bed turn over to Christ and look to Him for strength.
The very next verse in Hebrews 12 says “Consider HIM who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may NOT grow weary or fainthearted.” Next time you don’t want to continue, continue by spending good time in prayer and his word, and remember what He endured for you. He went through the most painful death that he could so you could be saved and He does not want you to give up. Fix your eyes on Jesus and continue running the race so at the end of our lives we can say just as Paul did, I have fought the good fight of faith.
Finally, Galatians 6:9 “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Brothers and sisters, do NOT give up but instead look to Jesus.
Take some time to do that now, go through these next couple passages and see what God has for you. Hebrews 12:1-6, James 1:1-15.