"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders, and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." Hebrew 12:1 (Holy Bible New International Version"
Another translations says: "Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensures us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us...." Hebrews 12:1 (The Word in Life Study Bible)
These verse came to mind today as I was sitting watching my daughters track meet. As I was watching the different races and the different runners and how they were running, God spoke to me and told me this how the people I fashioned in my image run the race I have set before them.
Before I go on, let me explain what I saw. First at a track meet there are several races there are the relay races where one runner hands off the baton to another runner, there are the long distance races such as the 1/2 mile and the mile (which they refer to as the 800 meter and 1600 meter race) and then there is the short distance races. As for the runners there were some really fast runners, some paced runners and some slow runners and some that started out slow but when they looked back and noticed another runner gaining on them they took off and ran faster.
Now with that explanation out of the way, here is what God showed me.
We run our race the same way these kids at the track meet did. Some of us are here to carry the baton and then pass it on to others, to continue what we have started....this could be a number of things, it could be a pastor passing on information to his congregation and then those taking what they learned out into thier own ministries, or it could be a ministry started that is now being carried on by someone else. There are those who just pace themselves through life, never look back just keep their eyes ahead and focused on one thing......just finishing the race...these are the ones who sit in church Sunday after Sunday and never pursue the gifts or the true calling God has given them. They are content to just sit and wait for the return of Jesus. Then there are those who run fast and never look back. These are the ones who are on fire for Jesus and they are determined to never let that fire die.....and there are some who start out fast but slow down and those are the ones who start out with zeal but allow their flame to be dosed out. Last but not least those who are running from something, and everytime they look back it gets closer and closer and they can't seem to out run it.....these are the ones Christians need to be reaching out to and telling them about Jesus and how he died for there sins. These are the ones who are running from their past, thier sins, the devil or running from God, whatever they are running from they always will as long as they keep looking back and not forward to the prize. That is where we as christians step in and tell these ones who are running from something or who are just pacing themselves through life, about Jesus. If we don't tell them about Jesus or get them motivated to run the race God has set before them their prize in Heaven will be minimal at best. (If they make it there). So we need to check our pace and we need to see how we are running our race are we slow, fast, running from something or not running at all.
One last race I watched was the hurdles and God reminded me of this. In the race he has set before each and every one of us there are hurdles we must jump (overcome) no matter how fast or slow we are going we must jump those hurdles this is how we grow in him. There are many called but only few chosen.....so if you are one of the few chosen be thankful and jump those hurdles for great is your prize in heaven.