I love verses in the bible about how we run the race of life.
These verses remind us that it matters how we run the race. It is important that we evaluate our race just like an actual runner would consider how they run the race.
Did you know that other people can greatly effect your walk with God?
We have one life to live and one chance to live our life for God.
Galatians 5:16 says “So I say, live by the Spirit…”
But before that verse, Paul says, “You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth?”
It is that verse that reminds us how greatly others can effect how we run the race in our faith.
The Galatians had been doing well. They accepted the truth from Paul on his first missionary journey through Rome. They started a church and became a body of believers. They took care of Paul when he was sick. They joyfully desired the Gospel. They were running a good race.
But who cut in on them?
False teachers trying to bring them back under the law. The false teachers pulled their eyes off the prize, away from the race and distracted them. Cutting in on them and getting them off course.
I love the picture of a runner running a great race. Someone cuts in on them and they are no longer running a great race. In fact, they are loosing. The set back is incredible. How long they trained and worked towards that one race! And, they won’t get another chance. They will never again get that moment. The race will be over and because someone cut in on them, they are out. There will be other races, but that race is forever gone.
In a real race, a runner doesn’t have a choice if someone cuts in on them or not. Most times, it is completely out of their control.
But in the race of our Christian life, we DO have a choice. We have to allow someone to cut in on us. It may happen slowly and we may not even notice until it is too late, but we have a choice. We choose to take our eyes off the prize and allow ourselves to be led off course.
For us, it may not be a problem of legalism like it was for the Galatians.
But, we can ask ourselves these questions:
- Am I running a good race?
- Am I running a life in the Spirit of God?
- Who or what is cutting in on me and distracting me from the race?
So, how can we make sure that we run a good race and live a life by the Spirit?
Stay in the WORD! Know the Gospel! Live in the TRUTH of what the Bible tells us. Don’t allow yourself to be led astray by the world or by false teachers in the church!
Everything must be evaluated.
Run the Race
Does how we run the race measure up and conform to the message of the Bible?
My firebible notes say it this way. “We must never evaluate or accept a teaching solely based on feelings, experience, results, miracles or by what other people are saying. The Bible is the ultimate standard for truth. We must be aware of any teaching that says God’s Word as revealed in the Bible is no longer sufficient and that the church needs additional revelation based on science, philosophy, phychology or new spiritual insight in order to reach its full potential. Only Biblical truth can bring true salvation and spiritual maturity.”
Study the Bible. Dig in and dig deep. Don’t let other things get in the way of learning the Word. When we learn the Word we learn about our God and through that, we KNOW HIM MORE.
That is why Paul was so impressed with the Bereans in Acts 17:11-12. “Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. As a result, many of them believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men.”
Paul didn’t have to worry about them because they were examining the scriptures, digging in the Word! And, as a result, many people came to know Christ.
Let’s run the race, dig in the word, refuse to let anything distract us and live our lives by the Spirit!