Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. – Hebrews 12:1
Today dear brothers and sisters we are looking into how heaven, and the quest for this our eternal home is a race. Now let us expound on this with this beautiful allegory the Holy Spirit gave me.
The kingdom of heaven is like a man standing on the starting line of a racetrack, dressed only in his light running gear as a runner should be, his opponent however is on the wheels of a Bugatti Veyron. Surely he would be greatly discouraged racing on foot against a 1001hp machine. However, when the gun is fired he starts to run towards the finish line as expected, his opponent on the other hand turns his car 180o and starts racing backwards at full speed. The man described here is the Christian and he is running a race towards heaven, the person leading this backward race is the devil and he is racing towards eternal damnation.
Clearly everyone with their eyes open should join us in our race towards heaven, and leave the devil to head to his destruction alone right? YES. However people of God, this is not the case. Instead, what has happened in this flummoxing world we live in is that majority have joined Satan in shunning heaven. How on earth can this be? You may ask. Simply put, our enemy has made the race to his kingdom look more attractive than the race to the kingdom of God. He has paved his road with good intentions and all the satisfaction this world can bring. We Christians have now become the new subject of derision. While the people of the world eulogize themselves and their leader, we are laughed at for doing the right thing, we are ridiculed for our faith by folk headed nowhere fast.
However, we need not turn back to reply to their jeers, as doing so only makes us lose focus on the race we are in. For these are they which Romans 1:32 says that “they not only continue to do these very [evil] things, but also approve of those who practice them”. Rather, let us pray fervently that the Lord opens their blinded eyes to see the destructive path they are on. If only they could see that their leader only runs towards death because he is already condemned. He tirelessly schemes to lead the uncondemned towards damnation till they also become condemned.
Now while we the saved ones run towards heaven, let us remember that this is an endurance race. Unlike in a 50m dash where one can use all his energy the whole time, this race is long. Rather, a steady pace has to be maintained to prevent tiredness and eventual stoppage. Brethren, “the race is not to the swift”, let us run with patience the race that is set before us. Remember that only “He who endures till the end will be saved”.
This pursuit of God’s kingdom we embark on is no new feat, as the patriarchs of faith spoken of in Hebrews 11 successfully ran a similar race millenniums ago. As we run they are to us “a cloud of witnesses” and our Father expects us to finish this race strong and join Him even as they did.
But not only are we being watched by God and His people above, but by the entire world. Our every move is monitored and “all creation is waiting eagerly for when God will reveal who His children really are” – Romans 8:19, we cannot afford to slip up. Hence we must “lay aside every weight and sin”. Holding on to sin in this race is like us running with monkeys on our backs, it only slows down progress. Instead of looking toward the finish line of heaven we turn back and spend our entire lives ‘struggling’ with this evil weight called sin. This stops now!
In the name of Jesus we cast off every evil weight of sin. We put on the Lord Jesus instead and we declare that we will endure till the end in the precious name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Amen.
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