Is the daily walk of the Christian faith similar to an athlete running a race? It sure seems so. The illustration used by Paul of running a race can be found in many other places in Scripture, too. Real, authentic Christianity requires a person of conviction and growing faith. It is like a runner who is training, entering, competing, continuing in, and winning the race set before them. But in our case, the race is not a competition or a performance; rather, it is our faith and life in action.
Take a look at Hebrews 12:1-3; notice the key words in it like witnesses, weights, perseverance, the race that is set before us, finisher, endured, and weary, to name a few. There is a key training component needed to make this happen continually, and that is the learning of our faith and about our Lord, as we do in our devotions. In this way, we prepare for the practice of our trust and obedience, facing life and exercising faith in the midst of the obstacles and opportunities confronting us every day.