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August 12, 2010
By MATTHEW SURRENCY of Hawthorne Middle/High School

Run with Freedom
Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

"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..."
-Hebrews 12:1-2 (NIV)

Have you ever noticed that, when racing, runners tend to wear the lightest outfit or the least amount of clothing possible? It ranges from the weight of their shoes to the amount of hair on their heads. Why is this so important to them? The answer is easy: because the less they have weighing them down, the faster they will be and the more endurance they will have.

The same principle applies to the Christian life. Several times in his letters, Paul relates our lives as Christians to running a race. When running this race of faith, God wants us to run with perseverance because He has great things set out for us for do. But, when we allow sin to cling to us, it slows us down.

Picture running a race with an alcohol bottle in your pocket, a backpack of stress on your shoulder, a helmet full of pride, or a sexual partner clinging to your leg. Any of those burdens would tire you and slow your pace. The author of Hebrews says that we must lay aside the sin that entangles us so that we can run the race marked out for us in Christ Jesus. We must keep our eyes locked on Him, cast off all the sin and throw it at the foot of the cross. Then, we will be able to run freely. And, as it says in John 8:36, once Christ has set us free, we are free indeed!

1. What are some things you need to throw off in order to run freely?
2. How are you training for the spiritual race?

John 8:36
1 Corinthians 9:24

Heiden Ratner, student-athlete

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