After thoroughly listing the role models of faith in Hebrews 11, the author then encourages us to follow their example:
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (Hebrews 12:1-3)
The Christian faith is not a sprint, but a marathon.
The Christian faith is not a sprint, but a marathon. Many Christians try to run the Christian race as if it were a sprinting contest. They rush from one Bible study to another, attend meeting after meeting, and join every committee they can; however, no one can keep up that pace for very long, and eventually they tire and give up in exhaustion. Then after a sufficient rest, they are back to their frenzy of service and studies and meetings. They spend their entire lives in this sprinting pattern with periods of intense work and periods of burnout.
If we run the Christian race as a marathon instead of a speed race, we will set a steady pace that we can maintain until the race is finished. Our race should not be about the speed we run, but about the consistency of our running.
We will still occasionally stumble or slow our journey, but we should always remain focused on moving steadily forward.
Prayer: Father, help me to remember that I am running a marathon, not a sprint. Help me to be consistent in my faith, staying focused and moving steadily forward. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"I run in the path of your commands, for you have broadened my understanding. Teach me, Lord, the way of your decrees, that I may follow it to the end" (Psalm 119:32).