The Great Race (2 of 7) by Jeff Schreve

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The Great Race (2 of 7)
Series: Do You Want to be Free?, Vol. 2
Pastor Jeff Schreve
Galatians 5:7-12

If you have your Bible, turn to Galatians chapter 5.

How many in here have ever ran track, let me see your hand? You ran track. All right, how many in here used to be sprinters? I was a sprinter up until sixth grade. Well, okay, if you ever were a sprinter versus a long-distance runner, you know it's totally different. How many ever had the experience, those of you when you first started to run, and you know when you're a little kid, it's all about running fast. It's not about running far, right? You want to race your friend. You're not like, "Well, let's race for three miles and see who can win." No, it's like, "Race you to the mailbox and back," that kind of thing. Well, I remember the first time that I ever did a race that was long. It was just one time around the track. Well, I was a kid and that was long. And I didn't know how to do it, so I was like, man, everybody's starting out slow so I just started out. You know, it was a 100 yard dash. I just started out running. And as you know, if you do that and you give it all you've got when you're in fourth grade, you run out of gas by the first turn. And then you get passed up, and you're walking in, it's kind of like the tortoise and the hare.

Well, the Bible describes the Christian life as a race. Paul uses that analogy over and over. The people understood that because they understood the games and things like that. And Paul talks about that in the book of First Corinthians. The Bible talks about it in the book of Hebrews. "Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us run with endurance the race that is set before us." The Christian life is a race, but it's an endurance race. It's not a sprint. You know, we can deal with things in a sprint. You know, if you're going to have suffering, well, "Lord, if I'm going to have to suffer, I could suffer as long as a 100 meter da ...


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