Run the Race

By: Beky Hazelton

Hebrews 12: 1-2

... let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.


Growing up, in Sunday school, it seemed that the correct answer to any question posed by the teacher was “God” or “Jesus”. In life as an adult, it turns out that is also the case. There have been countless times when I have felt like saying, “I don’t want to run this race”, not because it was not the right race, but because I just didn’t want to run or I wanted the race to be different.

Sometimes the race before us is something fairly simple. We recently had two occasions to have international students over for dinner. It involved being careful about dietary restrictions, picking them up and taking them home because they didn’t have cars, and encountering a few unexpected hurdles throughout the evening. Yet the chance to be Christ to those who have little to no opportunities to even meet a Christian in their own countries was one that could not be passed up.

Almost a year ago, my mother passed away as a result of Alzheimer’s disease. During the ten years of her illness, there were so many times I did not want to be run-ning that race.

So how do we find the strength and courage to run a race we do not want to run? The answer is found in Hebrews 12:1-2. “Fixing our eyes on Jesus”, we remember his sacrifice for us. He knew what was coming but he did what he did not want to do (remember the Garden of Gethsemane) and look at the outcome! The worst injustice in the history of the world was turned into the greatest triumph. Jesus, the perfect God made man, knows our weakness and frailty. He will help us run the race marked out for us.

 

TAKE THE CHALLENGE: How does comparing my race to someone else’s distract and hinder me from running my own?