Lifelines: Running with endurance

Bettie Marlowe
Posted 1/5/18

Life is a race, the writer of Hebrews states, and “warm-up weights” — which are typical of sin — are to be laid aside in life’s serious competition, in order to run with endurance. The sin “that does so easily beset” us is the sin which is most apt to hinder in the running — most likely to invite discouragement.

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Lifelines: Running with endurance

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Life is a race, the writer of Hebrews states, and “warm-up weights” — which are typical of sin — are to be laid aside in life’s serious competition, in order to run with endurance. The sin “that does so easily beset” us is the sin which is most apt to hinder in the running — most likely to invite discouragement.

The race continues as we enter into the new year — whether by new rules we set for ourselves, or a renewal of the old.

One thing is sure — we can’t move ahead without hope for the future. All Christians have this hope, the promise given to every one of God’s children, the evidence of sonship. We must allow the intervention of God in our life. Acts of God toward us are evidences of His love.

It is the human disposition to desire the blessing of God, but to hate the means by which the blessing is gained. However, the two can’t be separated. When mercy and blessing are sought in humble submission to God, they are obtained.

What are you seeking for your life in this coming year? Esau sought his forfeited blessing “diligently with tears,” but because he only sought the blessing and there was no place in his heart for repentance, his desire wasn’t fulfilled.

We look at those who win the temporal races. Fame and fortune of others impact our lives. Mortals are like that. We cheer, acclaim and honor people who have influenced us, but in time, most are relegated to the back closet of memory — never to emerge again.

Fame doesn’t last long as The Preacher (writer of Ecclesiastics) wrote. All is vanity, he said. You pass on and after a time, you are forgotten.

Our heavenly Father is not like that. The only things he forgets are our sins with forgiveness. He not only watches as we run in our own race, He knows us always — our thoughts and our desires — and embraces his children with love and care, always ready to listen. His love was manifested to the utmost in the giving of His Son Jesus to redeem us. There can be no greater love.

The obedience of faith in Christ was the race set before the Hebrews — either win the crown of glory or have everlasting misery. Do we realize we are somebody only with God?

This is the race that is also set before us. How we run this race is our choice.

Isaiah 41:10 (KJV): “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

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