June 28, 2011 § 1 Comment
Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.
We often think of our life as one big giant race, but it is rather made up of many mini-races. However, do not think that the goal in life is to finish the fastest or to get to the next stage in your life the quickest. Living every moment of your life to it’s greatest potential and using your time wisely is more than biblical- it’s just flat out smart.
In the opening verse that I used, it tells us to strip of the weights that are keeping us down- our sin. I think so often times we overlook even the smallest of sins, like talking behind peoples backs, not giving the extra effort throughout the day, neglecting to read our bible, or not saying a prayer everyday. But even the smallest of weights accumulate a large sum of burden after a long period of time and we tend to forget that.
This lifetime here on earth isn’t just a giant race, it’s filled with many different ones. Don’t think just because you cross the finish line means you are done with the race. In fact, it is only the very beginning of your next race. Each time you accomplish something in your life, you are learning something, building trust with God, becoming wiser. Don’t be satisfied with trying just to finish, qualify for the next, larger race in your life.
This thing called life isn’t a race that God is spectating to see who can do the most good deeds or who can sin the least amount. God has a calling and purpose, a specific race, for each person to accomplish. We are all created with different gifts, abilities, and talents for a reason. Don’t be afraid to go the extra mile for God, don’t be satisfied with just crossing the finish line- do more.
2Timothy 4:6- “As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. 8 And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.“