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Running the race of life for god. Hebrews 11:39 – 12:3. What motivates us to enter the “race” for God?. Hebrews 11:39. To please God (the favor of God ): Galatians 1:10, Phil 3:10-12; Matt 25:21 Christ endured for me. 12:3 Others have entered. We race with them.

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Running the race of life for god

Running the race of life for god.

Hebrews 11:39 – 12:3


What motivates us to enter the race for god

What motivates us to enter the “race” for God?

  • Hebrews 11:39.

    • To please God (the favor of God):

      • Galatians 1:10, Phil 3:10-12; Matt 25:21

  • Christ endured for me. 12:3

  • Others have entered. We race with them.

    • “Coaches,” encouragers.

    • Loved ones, friends, in Christ.


Witnesses vs bystanders

Witnesses vs bystanders?

  • Bystander – uninterested, watches only;

  • Witness:

    • Run themselves;

    • Run to win for Christ; 1 Cor 9:24

    • Different gifts joined.

  • Team sport. Unity vs the right way.


How am i to run the race

How am I to run the race?

  • God has already set “my course”;

    • 12:1; the Word is “how to” manual.

    • God’s course or our own?

      • Luke 9:23-25, 14:26; Matt 11:28-29

    • Serving, leading, honoring, feeding.


How am i to run the race1

How am I to run the race?

  • Lay aside encumbrances (everything that hinders) and entanglements (prevents or retards running):

    • The resolving of losses, disappoints.

    • Repenting of sins.

    • Excess weight – juggler at marathon

    • Attainments, successes. Phil 3:12-14


Running the race of life for god

  • Consider 2013:

    • What would you bring with you into 2014?

    • What would you put behind you?

    • Health, finances, spiritual, work, marriage, family, school?

    • Examine your life: 1 Cor 11:28, Gal 6:4


How am i to run the race2

How am I to run the race?

  • Fixing (“aphorao”) your eyes on Jesus:

    • Strictly looking away from all things but one; exclusive viewing; giving attention to one thing.

    • For me: feeding; loving; and leading.


How am i to run the race3

How am I to run the race?

  • Run with endurance (“hupo-meno”) – steadfast, “tarry behind” in something:

    • Implies stress, opposition, temptation to give up and give in;

    • If no adversity then are we in the race at all?

    • One step at a time; one goal at a time.


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