Marathon

I ran twelve marathons between my 50th and 60th birthday. I also ran 25 half marathons during those same year’s. In all of those races I never quit one, but in everyone of them I wanted to quit in the worst way. I was pretty sure that if I kept on running I would die! I can proudly say that I finished every race that I ever started. In Hebrews 12:1 it says “let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”

That race is the race of life, and the finish line is when we stand before Jesus at the end of our life and give an accounting of our life to Him. Each of us has our own unique race given to us from God, and His admonition to each of us is to finish well, finish strong, finish at a sprint. When the apostle Paul was near martyrdom he wrote in 2 Timothy 4:6-8 “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.”

In our culture today many who begin their journey with Christ strong plateau and then fall away. My observation is that more quit than finish. Even though the number of people walking away from their faith is growing it has always been a problem demonstrated by all the warnings given in the Bible about running with endurance.

I have identified a dozen reasons why people don’t finish the race with endurance, but I will give just one of those reasons in this blog, they run the race by themselves.

Hebrews 3:12-13 Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

“Encourage one another day after day.” Those who run the race of life together with other believers giving and receiving encouragement finish well, those who think they don’t need others never finish well, but crash and burn somewhere before they cross the finish line.

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