[CF Devotionals] 2012-08-11 - The Race

In Hebrews 12:1 Paul instructs us to "throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily tangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." (NIV). Paul is reminding us that our journey through life is like running a race. Each of us proceeds at a different pace. As Olympic athletes know, some start off strong and falter at the end. Others run at a steady, moderate pace. And yet others become discouraged and give up the race. Races are never easy. There are frequently hills and valleys along the way. Sometimes the path seems hard to find. Often there is rain along the way.

How do we run a good race? Paul tells us to "throw off every thing that hinders us and the sin that so easily tangles." We need to have perseverance and focus on the goal. In Hebrews 12:2, Paul says that we should "fix our eyes on Jesus." We can look to Jesus' example to help us run our race. Jesus came to Earth and ran a good race. He healed the sick, raised the dead, fed the hungry, and taught His disciples how they should live. Jesus ran the race without sin. And in the end, Jesus gave His life for ours. He suffered for our sins. When we run our race, then, let us look to Jesus and follow in His steps.

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