Therefore, 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. Let 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. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Run Life’s Race with Our Savior
A very important matter for marathon runners is wearing the right gear. Wise runners make sure that no part of their gear will impede progress. Clothes are made to glide smoothly as they run, and shoes are double (probably triple) knotted to ensure that the runners won’t stumble along the way.
As we run through life there are plenty of things that entangle us—our sinful desire for independence, our insistence on having things done our way, our selfish pride, our incessant gathering of earthly possessions. Our sinful nature, the pressures of an increasingly godless world, the crafty evil one—they all lead us astray. They entangle us and trip us up on our race. And for not running our race the way that God demands, we deserve to be disqualified from the race and thrown off the course. We deserve to be thrown from the race of life and to suffer eternal punishment in hell.
But we have one who has run the race in our place. Jesus ran the race of life perfectly. The times that sin entangles and trips us up, Jesus picks us up and sets us back on our feet. For the foolish sins that have tied our own feet, we have one who resisted temptation and always ran a prefect race. From the manger to the cross to the tomb, he kept running until the victory was won. He rose from death and secured the prize, a heavenly prize that he shares with those who have faith in him.
As we run the race that our Savior maps out for us, we fix our eyes on him. He authored and perfected our faith; our race started in him and is also completed through him. He motivates us to run the race, and he runs alongside us as well. He enables us to throw off those entangling sins and to run the race marked out. We will run in his strength, and in his path, as long as he wants us to run, until our race is done, and we inherit eternal rest at our Savior’s side in glory.
Dear Lord, be with me as I run through this life. Keep me on your path and forgive me for the times I run down the wrong paths. Continue to guide and sustain me and give me the endurance I need to run for you and serve you with my life. Amen.
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Source: WELS Devotions