The Bible speaks frequently in the analogy of a race. The idea of a race gives us the image of training, conditioning, planning, and completion.
This verse from Hebrews 12 also reminds us of the importance of perseverance in life through the example of a race. This morning one of my daughters didn’t want to get up for school. I was reminding her that this school year is almost to the finished line, it’s just a few more days and she needs to give it her all.
“Therefore let’s also, seeing we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let’s run with perseverance the race that is set before us,”Hebrews 12:1
Perseverance is hard. We struggle with our own selfish desires and everyday distractions. But this verse reminds us that so many have come before us (read Hebrews 11 for examples of the witnesses who came before us) and they are cheering us on to continue in the faith and doing good works.
Be encouraged today to continue where you are in the journey.