Rescued to Run…Running to Rescue Hebrews 12:1-3:

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

Endurance, perseverance, strict discipline, and training all mark the life of one who is striving to win a race.

1 Corinthians 9:24:

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize?  Run in such a way as to get the prize.

The Lord speaks to me when I run. Many people enjoy running. I never have. The aches and pains, shortness of breath, and the simple reality that I would rather be doing about anything else often keeps me from the focus and discipline that are needed to move beyond this stage.

I have run a marathon, several half marathons, and many 5K’s.  I can say with all of them, that I have never run in such a way as to get the prize. Running the race in such as a way requires more than motion; it requires submission, earnestness, focus and zeal. My desire for ease and comfort are often in direct conflict with the manner in which I am called to run.

Paul reminds me to consider Christ as I run. Christ ran against the greatest opposition of all (sinful man) and he ran all the way to the cross. He submitted Himself to the process for the joy that was set before him and the race was certainly not easy.

My sinful life has been rescued and I have been rescued to run. I have been set free to run the race of faith for all that my journey will include.

On October 13, 2012, runners across America will have the opportunity to link arms and take action with The Rescue Run, a national race series that raises global awareness and funds to help rescue orphans and break the cycle of poverty, HIV/AIDS, trafficking, prostitution and slavery in developing countries.

The Rescue Run is not just any race; it is a way to engage and participate in the rescue of orphans and grant even more opportunity to proclaim the eternal hope of Jesus Christ. Join me as we zealously run against fatherlessness, abandonment, and abuse.  May we run this race in such a way and may we together ‘consider Christ’ so that we do not grow weary or lose heart.