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We’re in the race of a lifetime

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Make a commitment to stay on course

By George Smith

A man entered the New York Marathon and found that he was immediately the last runner. The guy ahead of him started making fun by saying things like, “How does it feel to be last?” Well, that was the straw that broke the camel’s back, and the last runner said, “Do you really want to know?” And he dropped out of the race.

Where are you in the race of life? The Bible describes life among other things to be a race. Life is more of a marathon than a 100-yard dash. We all find ourselves at different points along the race.

The writer of Hebrews gives some wise counsel as we run the race of life (12:1-3). He says there are things to hinder and entangle us if we are not careful, and some go even so far as to drop out of the race. These hindrances and entanglements can be sin, play, pleasure, making money or work. We are advised to lay aside anything that would hinder and are told above all to “fix our eyes on Jesus” (12:2). Nothing must keep us from running the best race we possibly can run.

Hebrews tells us that we are to run with patience and endurance. Because we are all different and have different talents, abilities, dedication, and yes, even different circumstances, we all do not find ourselves side by side in the race of life. But our Lord judges us by our faithfulness. He also looks on our hearts, our motives, and whether or not we are seeking to please him.

Aren’t you glad that the Lord does not compare us to each other? Aren’t you glad that in this race of life that we all can be winners? The crown does not go to just one person, but He says to all of us, “Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of righteousness.”

We are in a race - the race of a lifetime. None of us know how long our race will last, but let us make a commitment right now to run in such a way that we will honor our Creator and Redeemer.

“To God be the glory; great things He has done.” Fix your eyes on Jesus and give it your best effort. If you do, one day you will hear our Lord say to you, “Well done.”