Hebrews 12: Keep Running!

What an incredible chapter!  If you got off track last week with Spring Break (for many of us), pick up your Bible right now and read Hebrews 12.  It is a great way to start back.  There is something for everyone in this practical chapter.

One of my favorite passages in the Bible is right here in verses 1-3, so I can’t help but be drawn to them.  Wright has done a nice job making them fresh in my mind:

What about us, then?  We have such a great cloud of witnesses all around us!  What we must do is this: we must put aside each heavy weight, and the sin which gets in the way so easily.  We must run the race that lies in front of us, and we must run it patiently.  We must look ahead, to Jesus.  He is the one who carved out the path for faith, and he’s the one who brought it to completion. (12:1-3)

I am certainly no runner, as all who know me in the real world know.  In the sports I played, running was punishment.  But from the comfort of the spectator’s spot I can say without a doubt that I have the utmost respect for runners.  By all appearances, it takes an extra level of inner fortitude to run long and run hard and not give up.

Of course, this passage fits the context of Hebrews perfectly.  These Christians are thinking about giving up, so the author pleads with them not to.  This is no 100-metre dash.  They will have to reach down deep inside for “patience” or endurance and run on.  Like some heavy backpack, they would do well to throw off their thinking that the right path to run is the way of the Jewish law and customs.  And they don’t need to let sin turn into hurdles on the track before them.  I am told by my students who run cross-country that it helps to run as a group, to have one strong leader in the race who helps the others keep pace and then runs back when he is done to encourage the others.  For the Hebrew Christians that leader was Jesus.  Why would they give up on him now?

Just keep running!

What verses did you need to hear today? 

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2 thoughts on “Hebrews 12: Keep Running!

  1. I love the long passage in the middle of this chapter that reminds us how suffering is really a form of training intended to make us stronger and find a better life. “It’s the well-trained who find themselves mature in their relationship with God.” That is a hard reality to see when you are in the middle of something hard, and we certainly don’t ask for it, I am sure. But there is reassurance that life isn’t just unnecessarily tough. Asking ourselves how we are being trained in a moment of hardship would be a good question.

  2. Eddy

    Every time I read passages about running I think of Ronn Rubio! Maybe he’s so mature because he’s around running so much : ) I know that in the midst of my very short 2 mile runs the end is hard to see even at mile one. I try at those time to remind myself that I’ve done it before. Somehow looking back on past success seems to give me hope for the future. The “success” that God orchestrates FOR us is rooted in his past plans, love, compassion and wisdom. May we all keep running with this in mind.

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