All runners on a race run, right? They don’t just stand on the starting line and do nothing. Runners are set on a goal, the finish line.
As Christians, we are also in a race, the Race of Faith.
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, -Hebrews 12:1
Hebrews Chapter 12 clearly states that we are called to Run this race that is set before us, the race of faith. Running is good and healthy, we can all agree on this fact. But sometimes we became idle in a point that we are stopping. This is where conflict begins, it begins when we stopped running the Race, the Christian Race.
No wonder that the Christian Life is compared to Running the Race, it is because Running (the Race of faith) is good for our health. If living the life for Christ is healthy why stop?
Maybe the reason why we can’t run anymore is the weight that we carry in our lives (sin, condemnation, shame). Extra baggage can slow us down and will eventually prevent us to run anymore.
Hebrews 12 teaches us to lay aside every weight, distractions, anything that slows us down. With that said, you may ask the question “How?”. How can I lay it down?
I believe the answer is within the next verse that follows.
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. -Hebrews 12:2
Look to Jesus, look to what He did for us. Endure because Christ Endured. Leave every weight because Christ left heaven to carry your weight. And Remember that Running the Race is setting our faith on the one who is faithful.