Running the Race

runningHebrews 12:1 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, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

One of the things that really amazes me about what Jesus did on the cross is that He loved me(us) so much that He endured the cross, the pain, the humiliation and the scars of the cross for ME; for the joy that was set before Him. Not just the joy of going back to Heaven to be with the father, but the joy of making a way for us to be able to join Him in Heaven.

Now I realize that we have to put up with a lot here in this life. We not only have to endure the bombardment of temptations and consequences of those decisions, but we also have to endure the consequences of the sins of others when they steal, rape, murder, drive under the influence of some kind of drug or alcohol or even lie or cheat to gain something they don’t deserve.  We also have to watch as those that are called our leaders take our country in directions that are far from what God wants from us and we have to endure all the pain and suffering that this life brings. But in spite of all of that, the Bible says that we should lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily besets us. We need to lay it all aside and run the race with patience. Whatever the weight may be that hinders us, we need to let it go or it will keep us from finishing the race strong. We need to look unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. Don’t give up! Don’t Quit! Keep going! We’re almost there! Keep running until we get to the finish. Because when we get to the finish, we will receive the our reward – Eternal life in Heaven. Then, it will worth it all. It will be worth all of the blood, sweat and tears of this life. It will all be over. Then we will begin a new life with new bodies, with no more sin, no more sorrow, no more pain. . . Forever. I don’t know about you, but that is something to look forward to and I can’t wait to get there.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to fail, I don’t want to live a defeated life. When I get to Heaven, I want to hear: “Well done, good and faithful servant”. Don’t you? Well, we have a race to run, let’s finish strong!

I like what Paul said just before his death. 2Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

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