Keeping Our Eyes on the Prize

 

I have fancied myself as a bit of an athlete, but the truth is I am actually quite average except for track.  When it comes to running, I am well below average.  Track was an opportunity to punish myself and practice personal humility.  After discovering my ridiculously slow pace in sprints, my track coach suggested I run long distance races.  My strategy was simple.  Keep my eyes on a runner in front of me and try to keep up.  Don’t let him out of my sight and try to catch him if possible.

I use a similar strategy in my Christian life.  I keep my eyes on Jesus Christ and follow His path as closely as possible.  It can be tempting to do things our own way, but Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6).  Every other way deviates from the path of life.  Anyone running a race knows to remain on the designated race path.  It would be foolish to leave the track in the middle of a race.  Yet people do this all the time in life.  The Bible is full of stories of people who have started well but ended poorly.

Will you join me in recommitting to the Christian race?  Let us put our eyes squarely on Jesus Christ.  Let us tune our ears to His voice and let us set our hearts to finish well.  Some of us will have a hard path to run but let us never grow faint.  When the running gets hard it is critical that we cling to Jesus even tighter.  Others struggle to run after Jesus because they carry things that should be left behind.  Runners are famous for carrying as little weight as possible.  Even their shoes are made extra light.  Let us learn from their example and shed those things which hold us back from following Jesus.  Mark 4:19 says the cares of the world, deceitfulness of riches and desires for other things choke the Word and it proves unfruitful.  May we let go of things that hold us back from loving Jesus fully.

There are some simple steps you can take to regain your focus on Jesus.  Read your Bible every day.  If you don’t know where to start, try reading the gospel of John all the way through.  Read even one chapter a day as you direct the gaze of your heart upon Christ.  Pray every day.  It doesn’t have to be long, but practice talking to Jesus.  Practice true fellowship.  Spend time with people who encourage you to love and obey Jesus.  A Bible-believing church is a great place to start.  I pray you will run your race and finish well.

Galatians 5:7 – You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth?