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Running The Race

By Don Loftis | 01.27.16

Last weekend there was an unregistered runner in a half marathon in Alabama who ran amazingly well.  Ludivine completed the 13.1 mile race in an unofficial time of just under one hour and thirty-three minutes–a time that was the seventh fastest in the whole event.  The problem was that Ludivine was a two year old bloodhound.  Apparently, when his owner let him outside Saturday morning, this dog made his way to the group of runners and ran with them all the way to the finish line.  He was awarded a medal for his fine showing.

Ludivine’s persistence reminds all of us that the Christian life is a race that demands persistence in front of the crowd.  The Hebrew writer says, “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”  The Christian life is more than just the new birth, it is a lifelong race that demands endurance to the end.

However, our race has one great difference with this canine venture into the world of the mini-marathon.  The Christian race does not happen by accident!  It requires clear understanding, certain intentional choices, and personal self discipline.  No one accidentally becomes a Christian.  No one accidentally arrives in heaven.

This intentional way of living for Jesus is evidenced in Paul’s letter to the Corinthians: “Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.”



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