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Hebrews 12:1-2 compares the Christian life to a race that requires perseverance. It is not a leisurely stroll, nor is it a fifty-yard dash. It is more like a marathon. We are exhorted to “throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles” us. Even a Christian running the race of faith can get easily (note easily!) ensnared by sin. We are not above its enticement.

We are also instructed in verse 2 to keep our eyes on Jesus, who is the finish line of the race. A runner in a race cannot get distracted. It is easy to fix our eyes on ourselves, our goals, our purpose, our victory. This certainly does not mean we should be aimless in our Christian life, but where is our ultimate focus?

If we are absorbed with ourselves, we are running in circles and towards a nonexistent finish line. May each of us proclaim with Paul: “my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace” (Acts 20:24).

-The above is a brief excerpt from the book: Positively Powerless, How a Forgotten Movement Undermined Christianity by L.L. Martin

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