“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1).Text — Hebrews 12:1-3
In the 2018 Boston Marathon on April 16, 85-year-old Katherine Beiers with a trash bag draped over her shoulders to fend off the pouring rain, steadily made her way through Newton. Despite the near-freezing temperature, heavy rain, and furious winds, she crossed the finish line in seven hours and 50 minutes as one of the last runners on the course.
Our text admonishes us to run with patience, that is, with perseverance and endurance. Just as an athlete would usually wear the lightest sporting kits to make him as fast as possible, the believer is admonished to lay aside every weight and any besetting sin to enable him run the race with patience. Gossiping, backbiting, murmuring and indulging in any form of unrighteousness will certainly impede the progress of the believer on his race to heaven. The athlete in his quest for a medal will endure harsh trainings. We should also be determined to endure the hostile environment the world offers us in our quest for heavenly glories.
Endure the hostile environment
Determine to finish the heavenly race.
Prayer for today
Heavenly Father, help me to keep my gaze on you.