As I was driving to the coffee shop this morning, I noticed several joggers out for their morning run. As I waved them through the intersection ahead of me, I thought of several places where Paul speaks of running.
In Philippians 2:14-18, Paul said:
Do everything without grumbling and arguing, so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God who are faultless in a crooked and perverted generation, among whom you shine like stars in the world. Hold firmly to the message of life. Then I can boast in the day of Christ that I didn’t run or labor for nothing. But even if I am poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. In the same way you should also be glad and rejoice with me.
After I read the verses above, I was left with a few questions:
- What am I running from?
I Timothy 6:10-11: For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and by craving it, some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains. But you, man of God, run from these things, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness.
- What is my goal in running?
I Corinthians 9: 24-25: Don’t you know that the runners in a stadium all race, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way to win the prize. Now everyone who competes exercises self-control in everything. However, they do it to receive a crown that will fade away, but we a crown that will never fade away.
- Why am I running?
Hebrews 12:1: Let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us.
The secret of life’s race is found in Isaiah 40:31: Those who keep waiting for the Lord will renew their strength. Then they’ll soar on wings like eagles; they’ll run and not grow weary; they’ll walk and not grow tired (ISV).”