Run With Victory
...let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith…
My mother-in-law is a runner. She has run countless races and has a wall full of medals to prove it. When looking at all the miles she has put behind her, it is an amazing accomplishment to her dedication and perseverance!
It wasn’t too long ago that she was running another race and brought home a nice new shiny medal. When she came inside the house wearing it, both of my kids ran to her and wanted a turn hanging the massive award around their necks. When she placed it over one of their heads, she said, “You know, that is like what Jesus did for you. He won the race, but you get to wear the medal.” I loved that! It quickly brought Hebrews 12:1-2 to mind.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
We can run the race with endurance, throwing off every hindrance, because our eyes are focused on the one who already earned the victory for us! We are not running to win, we are running because we have won! We run with the medal around our necks and we keep our eyes locked on the one who has given us his victory. We gaze at him through the lens of faith, the faith that he founded and perfects in us, and with deep love towards him we travel the path he has set out before us–the path of joyful obedience to the father.
That is why we cast off the sins that cling so closely and weigh us down, because of the victory of Christ in us! He set us free from the burden of past failures and gives us power over them!
So press on! Run the race with victory, not for victory!