Scripture - Hebrews 12:1, 

The author of Hebrews used the illustration of a runner running a race to describe the Christian life. How urges us to run with all perseverance, until we cross the finish line. We must be aware that we easily can become side-tracked by the frustrating circumstances of life.

I was thinking of another sport, soccer. The soccer player knows the importance of perseverance. His opponent will aggravate him, bump him, and knock him down. His opponent tries to get him so worried about himself until he cannot concentrate on getting the ball into the net. But a good player keeps going, never taking his eye off the goal. This is what we must do when Satan attacks us and tries to claim our attention with unimportant matters that will keep us from living a faithful and committed life for our Lord. He will use unfair treatment by others (Psalm 37:1); or some tempting desire to get us thinking more about ourselves and forgetting or taking our attention away from the goal of obeying God.

There is help for us when we get knocked down (1 Corinthians 10:13). Just knowing that other believers have faced similar circumstances and have overcome Satan’s strategy by keeping their eye on the goal and finishing the race. This is a great source of encouragement for those of us that are yet running (2 Timothy 4:7). The cloud of witnesses in Hebrews 12:1 is composed of the saints referred to in chapter 11; those who persevered.

Being aware of our weaknesses can help us lay aside every weight and sin that so easily diverts us from our God-ordained path (Psalm 37:23). Let us not be side-tracked by the temporary pleasures of this world as we run our Christian race. Keep going for the goal (2 Timothy 4:8).

 

Tell somebody about Jesus today. Pray for all Pastors. Remember, we are one at the throne (1 Thess. 5:17).

— Sister Catherine Raphael