With the advent of Facebook, we can see (almost) real time, the actions of all of our “friends.” Although I have never personally been an advocate of posting where I am at the exact time I’m there, due to some slight security paranoia, I do find it interesting to keep up with my friends and their activities on occasion.
Lately, as the weather breaks, I have noticed that marathons and outdoor races have started their seasons. As an ex-runner, I know how hard these races can be on one’s mind and body. It seems when I started a race, that the end would never get near. It would elude me for such a long time. But finally, after watching for the end for what seemed an eternity, and not giving up, the end would draw near, and the satisfaction of finishing was a great reward. The sense of accomplishment was so great, that it would want me to try harder and faster next time.
Hebrews 12:1-3 (NKJV) 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 ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who, for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.
We may not all run marathons (I know I won’t). But God compares our spiritual growth several times to that of an endurance race.
He didn’t say come to Him, be saved, sprint for 60 seconds, and your life is over. He said come to Him, repent, be saved, and become my disciple – a lifelong commitment, growing in faith and love; then your new life will begin.