Hebrews 12:1-2 “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, 2 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.” ESV
“It’s not a sprint but a marathon.” Have you ever been told that about some task or job you’re trying to accomplish? Whoever said it to you is trying to remind you that it’s about finishing the task well and not necessarily quickly. I don’t run marathons but know people who have and do. One thing I’ve heard them talk about is that pace is everything. If they start to quickly, they’ll run out of energy before they finish or won’t have enough for a faster finish. If they start to slowly then they’ll be so far behind that they’ll never catch up.
They also talk about those that they look up to when it comes to running. Whether it is a coach or, another runner. They have someone who instructs them by word and personal example. Those things along with knowing where the finish line is keep them going. They help them finish the race.
We too are in a marathon. The Christian life isn’t a sprint. It takes a good coach (Holy Spirit), a humble attitude, training (Bible study), coaching (prayer) and endurance. We can also look to the examples of those who have gone before us. Not only the apostles and early Christians but those in our own lives such as grandparents, parents and other Christians to encourage us as we’re trying to finish the race.
Remember this week, that “it’s not a sprint but a marathon”.