“Let us run with patience the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1).
It has been well said that the Christian race is not a “spectator sport.” No, it is intensely personal and involved.Here is how the Apostle Paul spoke of it: “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain … . I therefore so run” (1 Corinthians 9:24, 26).Paul had joined in the race, and he encouraged his fellow Christians to do the same, and to not give up.
Don’t be content to sit or stand on the sidelines and observe others who are running the Christian race. Be like Paul who could also say of himself, “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14). In running the Christian race, he had the goal and the prize in view. The goal is heaven, and the prize is Christ.