Galatians 5:7-9 NIV 2011
You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.”
Paul chose to use the life of a Christian as a race. 1 Corinthians 9:24, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize.” Philippians 2:16b, “And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.” 2Timothy 4:7, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” The Galatians were cutoff by the Judaizers trying to side track their race leaving their dough permeated with lies. Faith in Christ shows believers His finish line.
Some of my readers are runners. Some have completed marathons, half marathons and other distances. One sweet friend said, “Running alone is called a race. Running with God is called grace.” That picture has been in my head all week when I think of the many that do not know the Lord. How do they do it? It makes putting my tennis shoes on in the morning more important even though I’m not a runner. I need to finish the race He’s given me. Crossing His finish line victoriously.
How will we slow our race and run with others?