Thursday, October 22, 2009

What Surrounds You?


I read this on my friend, Justin Bindel's blog this morning and thought it was really good...

Sometimes I feel like I am on an all out sprint with Christ and sometimes its a casual stroll. My running goal is always to finish and to run with a consistent pace. The same is true in my walk with Christ. To run in a way that has a consistent pace and is persevering to the end. Most marathon runners are not as concerned with winning as they are finishing. The Bible tells us in Hebrews 12, "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, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith." So how are we supposed to run this race?
1. By surrounding ourselves with encouraging people.

vs. 1 - Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses. It is so much easier to run when you have people there telling you that you can do it and to keep going. I often quit and come short of my goal when I am running alone. Who is running along side you?

2. Remove the things that are slowing you down.

vs. 1b - let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely. I am sure that many of you have seen "that guy" with the short running shorts and the exposed white thigh jogging down the main streets of your city. As embarrassing as it can be, it is amazing at how much it helps in running to free up your legs and blind oncoming traffic. What sins are slowing you down?

3. Look towards the finish line.

vs. 1c-2 - let us run with endurance that race that is set before us, looking to Jesus. It is difficult to run not knowing when you get to stop. Run knowing that our finish line is Jesus who also ran knowing that the joy on the other side of the line is so much greater than any trial, struggle, or persecution we face here on earth. Are you focused on the finish line?

How would you describe your walk with Christ right now?
A casual stroll- Its time to get motivated and get moving!
A sprint - On fire for God one second and burned out the next!
A marathon - A consistent, steady pace!

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