Running a Marathon
Thank goodness we are not judged in life on how, or even if ,we run a marathon race. But we as Christians are all in a life’s marathon. It takes endurance and persistence to run and finish the race of life.
When Paul wrote his letter to the Philippians, he spoke of how he was “reaching forward to those things which are ahead” (3:13) pressing on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (v14). Our Lord Jesus has set an example of how to run life’s marathon.
The Bible tells us that Jesus “for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb 12:2 ). Despite hostility from sinners , He completed His race (v3).
The secret to finishing well is to look forward to the joy that awaits us after life’s race – eternal life with Him.