“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,”
The Christian life is not a waltz through life. God compares it to a battle and a race. In other words, you are running or fighting against someone. The one whom you are fighting and running against is Satan.
If you are comfortable in your Christian life, it is probably because you are not running your race. You can’t be comfortable and run a race at the same time. I ran track when I was in high school, and there was no comfortable race. Every race that I ran forced me to give my all, and at the end of the race, I was tired because I expended all of my effort and energy into that race. Likewise, the believer should realize that they are running a race for Christ. The verse above says, “…and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” Let me point out some observations about your race that will help you to run the race before you the way that you should run it.
First, God has set a race for you. If a race has been set before us, that means somebody put you into that race. Your race is unique to you. It doesn’t matter what the race for another may be; God has designed your life for the race that you are running. You are disobedient to God if you don’t run the race that He has set for you.
Second, be patient with your running. God commanded you to “run with patience.” Don’t compare yourself to how another is running. We often look at how others are running and get discouraged because we are not as good as they are, but God doesn’t expect you to run like others, He expects you to run your race the best that you can run. The race that God has set before you can only be run properly by you. Nobody can run your race like you; therefore, be patient with your running and stop comparing yourself to others.
Third, be patient with the race. The finish line never comes quickly. You will find that many times in your race that you will feel like there is no finish line, but you must not quit when you want to quit. You must be patient with the race and realize that God will reward you for your race if you run it with patience according to how He expects you to run your race. Be careful that you don’t become enamored with another race in life, and be patient and run your race. Satan would love nothing more than for you to become involved with another race, even if what you get into seems to be a worthy cause. The only race you can run that will please God is the race that He has set before you.
Fourth, remember the cloud of witnesses as you run. One thing that will keep you running your race is to remember what others before you have done to set you up in your race. Not wanting to let others down will drive you to continue to run in the manner that God expects you to run. Keeping in mind the cloud of witnesses who are watching and cheering for you to complete your race will help you to run.
Fifth, look to Jesus as you run your race. If you keep your eyes on the LORD, you will find your race much easier to run. If you keep your eyes on the LORD, you will not be discouraged when you see others around you quit. You will finish your race with honor if you keep your eyes on Jesus.