Author: Binita Godly
Imagine you are part of this BIG race. You have thousands of people chanting your name out loud, cheering for you to reach the finish line. The shot rings out, and the race begins. The others have zoomed past you, but you haven’t moved a step. You want to, but you can’t. A huge load is on your back, and you’re sure there is no way you can reach the finish line with this burden on your back.
This is what my Christian race used to look like.
I started at a young age when I came to know the Lord, but it has never been easy. I thought I knew what I was doing, and went along with whatever I believed was the right way to go. However, over the years, God has been teaching me how to live my life for Him through His Word.
Allow me to explain.
I am someone who struggles with worry and anxiety and even lack of faith at times. Have you ever felt that way? A small problem would be enough to get me really tense about what to do, followed by a lack of faith in myself and my ability to see things through. I did my best to hide these emotions but only I knew how very deeply they controlled my life.
I didn’t even consider it a big problem in my life till the Lord showed me how it was keeping me from running my race well. It was when this problem seemed to get too big to ignore anymore that the Lord showed me the answer was in His Word all along, and that He was all I needed to guide my way.
Hebrews 12:1-2 reads:
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. | Hebrews 12:1-2
The realization that this race that I was running was not first run by me but by many people around me and before me—foremost of them being Jesus Himself—was astounding. The previous chapter shows how men of the Lord like Abraham and Moses were heroes of Faith because they looked to Him while running the race. They are the cloud of witnesses cheering me on in my life towards Christ (race towards the finish line?). But an even greater assurance was this: that Christ Himself ran the race and finished it, looking to God as an example for us.
Jesus bore such shame for me; how could I waver in my faith and choose my own fears over His?
I’ve come to realize that for me to finish this race, there was only one way. I needed to look to the Lord with the full assurance that He would get me through my worries, anxiety and low self-esteem because He has planned much greater for me.
Christ suffering, yet enduring, in His race for me is a promise that I too will endure this race if I keep my sights on my end goal:
Eternity with Christ.
Now imagine that same race again. The burden has been pushed away from your back, and you are free. You still have everyone cheering you on. You run with one thought in your mind. The finish line. You don’t look anywhere but only focus on is waiting for you at the very end.
The struggles of fear and anxiety still overtake me, but knowing that there is a God who is waiting for me with open arms to lead me to the end is the biggest assurance I have.
The biggest assurance we all have.
Binita Godly lives in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and is working on her undergraduate studies in marketing. At her college, she helps lead a campus ministry that aims to spread the gospel to university students through weekly Bible discussions. She is also part of the children’s ministry at her church, and on a lazy day, she enjoys lettering and chai.