“…And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:1-3
Starting a race is a good thing. You are energized and excited, anticipating reaching the finish line, having a sense of great accomplishment, and hopefully running fast enough to receive a prize that you will treasure forever. Somewhere in the middle of the race, you get tired. You lose your excitement as your body aches and you labor for each breath. You’re not sure you are going to make the finish line because it seems so far away. You can’t even see the finish line so are doubting whether it is really there. Thoughts go through our mind about stopping. It would seem so much easier to just give up. Maybe the prize at the end isn’t really worth all of this effort?
- “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18
This is when Jesus asks us to “Stop!”…. not stop the race, but stop our doubts and instead trust on Him. Trust Him that you will make it to the end, with His help. Jesus comes along side of you offering His support and guidance. He will ensure that you make it to the finish line.
- “And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day.” [Jesus] John 6:39
Starting a race is good, but finishing a race is the best!
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:7-8