Is the daily walk of the Christian faith similar to an athlete running a race? It sure seems so. Paul’s illustration of faith as an endurance race can be found in many other places in Scripture, as well. Imagine a runner training, competing, and continuing to work towards winning the ultimate race set before him. He never gives up and always gets back up if he falls. But in our case, the race is not a competition or a performance; rather, it’s our faith and life in action. In other words, real, authentic Christianity requires a person of conviction and growing faith. It’s a journey that lasts a lifetime.
Take a look at Hebrews 12:1-3 and notice a few key words: witnesses, entangles, perseverance, the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes, endured, and weary, to name a few. There’s clearly a training component needed to achieve this level of continuous faith through all of life’s ups and downs; and that comes from spending regular time with God in prayer and through studying His Word. In doing so, we learn more about WHO God is and His WILL for our lives. And if we let Him, God will transform our lives by teaching us the practice of trust and obedience which will spur us on in faith, no matter the obstacles or opportunities along the way.