Running The Race
To run the race set before us, we must train. Long-distance runners work hard to build endurance and strength. On race day, their clothes are lightweight and their bodies lean. Since shedding “sin weight” is important to your spiritual run, how can you do it?
Choose friends who are also committed to the race. Wrong friends will have values and activities that may deter you from the course. Much of your own weight may result from the crowd you run with. Make wise choices.
Drop certain activities. That is, for you at this time these may be a weight. Try dropping them for a while; then check the results. If TV consumes precious time, try doing without it. If shopping is your stress relaxer, try something else.
Get help for addictions that disable you. If you have a secret “weight” such as pornography, gambling, or alcohol, admit your need and get help today.
How am I doing in running the race God has assigned for me, as outlined in Hebrews 12:1-3?
Verse 1 — “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.“
Is anything hindering me from running the “race” God has assigned me?
(Matthew 10:37, 38; Luke 8:14)
What is the good in my life that has the potential of becoming the enemy of the best? (Philippians 3:12-14)
Is there any sin in my life that is entangling me? (Psalm 106:34-40; 1 Corinthians 9:25, 26; 2 Timothy 2:4; 4:10)
Am I choosing to run with perseverance the race God has “marked out” for me? (Romans 2:7)
Am I in rebellion against God’s plan for me? (1 Samuel 12:14, 15; 15:23; 2 Samuel 15:1-18:33; Proverbs 17:11)