We are told that running as a form of exercise can be very refreshing and good for our well-being, and that is true from my experience. But you know, competitive running as in a race can be quite exhausting as we push our bodies and stamina to try to win the race. In a race, one has to be very focused in trying to catch up with the one in the lead, or if you are in the lead then you must maintain your position.
12 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, 2 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. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
4 In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. Hebrews 12:1-4 New International Version (NIV)
Hebrews 12:1-4 today tells us to keep running steadily in the race that we have started and that we should throw off everything that hinders us especially the sin that clings so easily onto us. In other words, we must keep focus and not lose sight of Jesus who leads us in our faith so that with Him we will share the joy of victory.
But we must also be aware that there are many distractions that will make us lose focus on Jesus and these distractions will also cause us to doubt and to lose faith in Jesus.
In Mark 5:21-43, there were two persons who looked to Jesus in their distress. They also “ran” to Him with a desperate need and hoped that their needs will be granted. But there were obstacles and challenges and difficulties for them. The woman with the hemorrhage had to disregard public opinion and Jairus, the synagogue official, had to keeping hoping even when he was told that his daughter was dead.
But in all this, they kept focused on Jesus and believed in Him and won the race. May we too keep running and keep our focus on Jesus and trust in Him. He will give us the joy of victory.
Peace and Joy
Written by Rev. Fr. Courage Dogbey