by Jesse Hendley

Jesse M. Hendley
Hebrews 12:1

(A Study of Crowns)
Let us run the race! In Hebrews 12:1 we read,
"Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with
so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside
every weight and the sin which doth so easily beset
us and LET US RUN, with patience, THE RACE that is
set before us, LOOKING UNTO JESUS, the Author and
Finisher of our faith."

Ah, beloved, this is a tremendous picture! It is the
picture of a great amphitheater like they used to
have in the old Greek and Roman days. Down in the
middle of the field were the runners, running a
race! Above them were the spectators, tier above
tier, watching them as they were running.

Life A Race

Paul writes, "Let us run THE RACE, seeing we are
compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses
(that have already gone into heaven)." Let us run
the race of life down here on earth. YOUR LIFE, MY
LIFE, is compared to running a race in this passage
of Scripture, and this isn't the only place it is
compared to a race. Running the race is a SERIOUS
thing. The person strains every nerve to win! He
puts every bit of energy he has into it SO THAT HE
MIGHT WIN. That is the reason God uses it in the

God tells us we have a life to be lived and we are
to put energy into it. A man running a race has only
one thing on his mind: to win the race and get the

You and I ought to be thinking about HEAVEN above
all else and Fellowship with GOD, not the little
inconsequential things of this present life. One of
the things the devil does is to get people's
attention on the world and get them to say, "Let's
live it up. Let's just take the pleasures of this
present world as they come and be oblivious of

Yet, beloved, think how SHORT this life is. God's
Word says that out before us is a vast, endless
ETERNITY! We had better be thinking about death, and
what comes AFTER death, our m ...

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