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. – Heb 12:1
You are a runner.
Our race started the moment we received Christ, and we will cross the finish line when we reach our heavenly home.
How’s your race going?
Are you . . .
- getting weary?
- tired of persevering?
- slowing down?
- feeling cast down?
- wanting to give up and give in?
Take heart and gain courage from remembering the Apostle Peter’s example.
From the time Peter became a disciple of Jesus to the day of His death, he was running and encouraging others in running their own race.
What can we learn from his example:
- He didn’t go it alone; he partnered with others in both life and ministry.
- He didn’t run from opposition or run away from conflict.
- He embraced trials and persecution as realities of this faith journey.
As I read a summary of Peter’s life, I was struck by this last paragraph on BiblePath.com
Of the final days of the apostle Peter in Rome, Italy, Jowett wrote that Peter was cast into a horrible prison called the Mamertine. For nine months, in absolute darkness, he endured monstrous torture manacled to a post. In spite of all the suffering Peter was subjected to, however, he converted his jailers, Processus, Martinianus, and forty-seven others.
Peter met his death at the hand of the Romans in Nero’s circus, 67AD.
In utter darkness as he endured unimaginable torture, Peter was a witness to 50+ people who we’ll see in heaven because of Peter’s faithfulness in finishing his race of faith strong.
One of the most eye-opening, faith-focusing publications I receive every month is The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter. It details accounts of our own brothers and sisters around the world who are faithfully running their race in the midst of impossible odds and unimaginable torture and loss. If you don’t already receive this free publication, I encourage you to sign up for it.
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. – 1 Cor 9:24
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