– Basilea Schlink
Don’t Give Up
The author of Hebrews writes “since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Heb 12:1) so we should keep “looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb 12:2). When we’re running the race of life, we are choosing to not give up on God because He never gives up on us.
Keep Pressing Forward
The Apostle Paul reminds us why we’re in the race by asking, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it” (1st Cor 9:24) and that “Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable” (1st Cor 9:25) so keep on running for that imperishable crown.
Endure till the End
The Apostle Paul knew that the race he was running was not in vain and tells the church at Galatia that “I went up because of a revelation and set before them (though privately before those who seemed influential) the gospel that I proclaim among the Gentiles, in order to make sure I was not running or had not run in vain” (Gal 2:2) but thankfully, the race “depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy” (Rom 9:16).
Basilea Schlink’s advice is to “Run each day’s race with all your might” and that is what we must do as believers, so don’t ever give up, run for the imperishable crown of life, and run until you final see the finish line as Jesus is waiting for you there and pulling for you ever step of the way so give it all you’ve got.