Monday, November 10, 2014

Run and Never Give In

They’re called “Ultra Endurance Athletes.”

They run epic races and long distances and keep running and running and never give in. 

They run against no one, but their own goal and their own desire to finish.

And to finish well.

On August 8thJason Lester started running the Great Wall of China. His goal was to run the entire 2,500-mile wall in 100 days. 

On October 29th he finished running the wall.

 In 83 days.

Jason Lester, an ultra endurance athlete, ran over a marathon a day for 83 days in a row.

We might call that crazy.

The Bible says we have that kind of race set before us.

Let us run the race set before us with endurance” (Heb. 12:1).

The life of faith is a marathon, not a sprint or a 5-K or a walk in the park.

We’re called to run this race, no matter what that race involves.
We’re called to run our own race—not somebody else’s.
Not sitting on the side lines.
Not hoping to just stroll along.

We’re called to run.

Day after day.

We’re not alone. Many have run the race already, proving it’s possible.
Many ran and never gave in.

They “kept the faith” and “finished their course.”

They kept running, because they staked their lives on who God is and what He had said.

We’re told where to look as we run.

“To Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith” (Heb. 12:2).

He saw the joy set before Him. He looked past the agony of the race, and He endured the cross.

He finished His course.

Because He authored our faith, He will bring us to the finish line, and finish our faith.

Our faith will be perfected.

Today, we run.

Tomorrow, we do it again.

Forever, we will look back at our race and see that He carried us every step of the way.

He’s the same yesterday, today, and forever.

By looking to Him, we can endure this marathon of faith.

Every day.

“I have set the LORD always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.”  Psalm 16:8

Click Here to listen to “The Author and Finisher of our Faith.”  
[The final lesson in the Hall of Faith series.]

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