30 Days With Wesley – Day 23: Are You A Runner?

Runner_main(Optional Reading: Hebrews 12:1-12)

I am going to be honest with you for a second. I am not a runner. I want to be a runner. I want to be someone who wakes up and goes for a half hour runs to start their day. This desire stems out of a few things. First, I want to be healthy and lose a few pounds. Second, I want to fight against the future heart problems I will face, given my family’s heart history. The author of Hebrews is asking us, “Are you a runner?” But when we look at Hebrews chapter 12, we find he isn’t asking about our exercise habits.

In Hebrew’s 12, the author is painting a picture of the Christian journey as a race. He is calling all who follow Jesus to set aside all baggage and run. The key is the call to run. He is not calling us to swiftly walk or go at your own pace. Running requires focus, drive and passion. When you run, you have to push beyond pain and the urges to slow down.

The author of Hebrews is urging us to not let things in this life distract us from the goal of living after Jesus. We must lay everything aside and run with focus, drive and passion after Christ. The chapter goes on to say how Christ ran the race and endured to the end. So, we must also endure and when we feel like we can’t go on or take anymore the author writes, “In your struggle against sin, you haven’t resisted yet to the point of shedding blood… Bear hardship for the sake of discipline.

So, when you feel like you can’t take anymore and possibly you feel this race isn’t worth running, remember that we have not run to the point of shedding blood like Jesus did for us. I’m going to be honest with you for a second. I am a proud runner for Christ. Would you like to run with me?

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those

who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial,

and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours,

now and forever.

Amen.

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