by Pastor Mark Jordan
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Hebrews 12:1-3, NRSV)
This week we are taking a look at how life is like a race to run. Yesterday, we explored how Jesus is our finish line, and we are to run to Jesus, fixing our eyes on him, especially when we have to run through extreme terrain or temperatures. As we run to our own personal finish line, we need to run for Jesus.
Running for Jesus isn’t just about the destination, though, because the inspiration matters, too. Running for Jesus means that the breaths we take and steps we make are done with purpose. When we begin following Jesus, he will give us passions and interests that propel us to the finish line. Running the race marked out for you means Jesus wants you to run with passion as you run for him. Your interests and passions are the things that connect you with God and others, helping to change lives to change the world. In other words, they matter to God!
Will you run for Jesus? Yes, he is your destination, but he also gives you the inspiration with purpose to run. Run for Jesus, and know that every step has the ability to introduce someone to God’s life and love in you.
Prayer: Dear God, I want to run for you. I know you are my destination, and I want you to be my inspiration. May my steps be purposeful as I run for you. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.