Run Your Race And Fix Your Eyes On Jesus

We all want to have this amazing walk of faith. We see all of these people around us doing these amazing things for Jesus and we just want to do the same. Sometimes we take steps from others and try to do what they are doing but that’s not how our walks with God should work. 

Let’s dive into this verse I read last week:

Hebrews 12:1-2 

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.”

When I say this verse gives you answers about our walk with faith, I really mean it. I told y’all the bible has all the answers to life’s questions. Sometimes walking our own walk of faith can be ridiculously hard but it is possible. Take the people you’ve been watching for an example; at one point they were unsure about their walk with faith until they completely put their eyes on Jesus. That is exactly where we need to start: putting our eyes on Jesus. 

You want to figure out what to do next and what you are being called to do. You are looking all around and all you have to do is sit down, shut up and open that bible. No more looking to the left and to right. What other people are doing with their walk has absolutely nothing to do with you unless Jesus says so. 

Have you ever watched a track meet? I have come customed to them within the last few years, not because I like running because I don’t. But because we have family members that are good at it. From what I have observed while watching these meets is that the person in the next lane is not matching their speed to the person beside them. No way, they are running at THEIR speed and at THEIR pace. If everyone ran at the same pace because they needed to be like the other person then these meets would be pretty boring. I feel like they would end up in some kind of tie but that’s not exactly how these sports work. Yes, they are there to beat the other, but they also are racing themselves to get the best time they have run. Everyone is there to run their own race, you aren’t at a track meet to run someone else’s race, literally. 

Let’s look at another sport with maybe some less running, softball. It still has running but breaks are in between. Pretend you are in the dugout watching the other team and you are focused on your position in the outfield. You see that the right fielder threw the ball to first to try and get the runner out based on how the ball was hit. Now, you aren’t automatically going to go out there and attempt to the same thing if the ball is hit in the air and further back and there is already a runner on first. Nope, you are going to hit your cut off and let the play keep going from there. You wouldn’t do the exact same thing the other team did because that is not what the play called for. 

We must think about these factors in life. My friend is over there with a very successful podcast, that’s what I should be doing, but is that what your play called for? My friend on this side is starting her own boutique and is loving it, maybe that is what I am supposed to be doing? I’ll ask again, is that what YOUR play calls for? Let me ask the question differently: is that what God is calling you to do? Is that the race you are supposed to be running for you? We all have our own gifts and talents that are big clues on what we should be doing next in our lives. 

Today I want you to focus on what Jesus is telling you to do. Stop looking to the left and to the right. Look straight ahead at Jesus and say, “what race do you want me to run?” God has something crazy amazing in store for YOU, something uniquely designed to match your gifts and talents. Are you ready to accept it or are you going to keep trying to run someone else’s race?

Somethings to think about & journal if you are feeling spunky:

  • Are you comparing your life to those around you?
  • Are you ready to find out what God has uniquely created for you? 
  • When is the last time you just focused your eyes on Jesus?

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