As I was asking the Lord on the word to share with fellow believers, I heard the Holy Spirit say, ‘Run the race.’ As I waited for further revelation, I was directed in my spirt to the verse in Hebrews 12:1. We know the verse that speaks of being surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses and closes with these spirit filled words
‘And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.’ N.I.V.
I tend to use the NIV translation as it speaks to me the clearest and strongest. As an aside being divided over the best and worst translation and becoming engrossed in this debate is, I believe a divisive tactic of the enemy to divide and conquer. Rightly dividing the word is to allow the Holy Spirit to bring unction upon the Word through the channel that best appeals too us.
As I was meditating and pondering on this verse the Holy Spirt impressed upon my spirit to unpack this phrase down to its bare bones.
I notice firstly that these words are addressed to all believers; there is no exception for the writer has been inspired to use the words – ‘Let us.’ This is all inclusive, all encompassing for all believers who claim Jesus as Lord are involved in this race. There is no sitting on the sidelines, no standing as a spectator. Some of us have become lazy and opted out, or we have never progressed beyond being born again and have camped down to watch. We are in a race – get used to it.
Secondly the author used the word ‘run.’ The Greek word used suggests – to exert oneself, to spend ones strength, requiring exertion to overcome. The author could have chosen Let us walk; after all the word walk is often used to describe our relationship with Christ; but the Holy Spirit said, Use Run. Run is the ‘in word’ for this season, for without running we will not be recharged. The faster an alternator turns the quicker and more efficient the recharge will be. Many of us need recharging – get up and run to the Lord, run to the enemy, run to the problem, run to the mountain top. Run, Run, Run. Do not slouch and meander.
‘Perseverance’ is an interesting word. For so many of us in this present age tend to whimper and curl up at the slightest hint of trouble. The saints of old who knew hardship and poverty would roll their eyes in horror at many of us who so quickly quit. Endurance, sustaining, patience in hanging in there needs to be regained by the body of Christ. We will only receive the promised blessings through patience endurance. God has no pleasure in those who draw back. Hebrews 10:38. The Holy Spirit says – Get a backbone.
Do we really understand/comprehend that we are in a ‘race?’ The word suggests a contest. Believers we are in a contest for the prize in heaven and our adversary is the devil himself. Do not be fooled we are in a contest for our souls. Do we not wrestle and struggle, being continually on our guard with sober minds? Wake up; get on Your Marks , in your God appointed Lane
‘Marked out for us.’ O the profoundness and depth of these words. Before the beginning of time God had marked out our destiny, he had mapped out our race course. God had purposed before the earth was created that you would be where you are now, and he is counting on you to fulfil the good work that the has begun in you. A race marked out implies that you run your race, I run my race; for we are not concerned with the progress in each other’s lane, as our eyes are forward, looking to Jesus. Do not let anyone cut in on you. Galatians 5:7.
I loved this blog so much that I shared it with friends on Facebook. You wrote: "We are in a race – get used to it." I laughed out loud when I read that! We whine and even sulk because our life is not a "walk in the park". No it is not. It is a race and as such it is going to require not only effort but pain and endurance.