KEYWORDS: weights, god, race, patience, work, lord

Run the Race

David Berg

—A Bible Study on Hebrews 12:1!DFO137428/5/78

1. HEBREWS 12:1: "WHEREFORE SEEING WE ALSO ARE COMPASSED ABOUT WITH SO GREAT A CLOUD OF WITNESSES, let us lay aside every weight, & the sin which doth so easily beset us, & let us run with patience the race that is set before us."

2. Now the original was not divided into chapters, so you've got to keep in mind the chapter before this in order to know what "great cloud of witnesses" he's talking about.—All the saints who have already gone on to be with the Lord! And they're not only watching us, they're praying for us!

3. They're all praying for us & they're all watching us, & every now & then God sends one of them down to give us a hand if we need some extra help! PTL! They are like our cheering section on the Heavenly bleachers cheering for the team, & when you win a battle they really cheer & rejoice!—When you win a soul, all the angels in Heaven rejoice, praise God! (Lk.15:10)

4. Think how wonderful it is that there are millions up there, all watching & praying for you, & lots of them coming down to help you! TYJ! This is really where the action is! Here is where the big test is going on. Once you get over there‚ well, there is more in store for you, but this is the primary test.—This is what the whole universe is watching, the Big Game‚ the World Series! So since they are all watching us, what should we do?

5. "LET US LAY ASIDE EVERY WEIGHT." What are the weights?—The things that slow you down, the things that hinder you from getting the job done. Well, sometimes the Lord allows those weights for awhile as sort of a test. In the old days runners used to train wearing weights, building up their muscles, so that when they took the weights off they could just almost fly!

6. So sometimes the Lord allows a few weights to strengthen your spiritual muscles & to test you & to strengthen you spiritually. But when the weights have served their purpose, then it's time to lay them aside & run the race.

7. "And the sin which doth so easily beset us". What is sin?—Missing the mark!—Not shooting straight, not really doing the most important thing God wants you to do, which is to hit the bull's eye of His Will. So, "let us lay aside the weights & the sins"—anything that keeps you from doing God's highest & His best, that keeps you from being in the center of His Will.

8. THEN, AFTER LAYING ASIDE ALL THESE WEIGHTS & DISTRACTIONS & SINS, WHAT ARE WE SUPPOSED TO DO?—"Let us run with patience the race that is set before us!" In other words, you've gotta do God's Will, do God's work! As long as you are doing His job & doing His Will, it's work & you're running.

9. You can only "run with patience" if you have faith & are trusting the Lord. If you didn't have patience, you would get fed up, wouldn't you?—"I'm tired of doing all this hard work for people who never thank me & don't appreciate me & don't realise what a hard job this is!" If you didn't have patience, you couldn't do it. "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." (Gal.6:9)

10. It's a race in which some are going to win more than others. Some are going to receive greater rewards than others, maybe because they did the dishes so well & so patiently, even if they couldn't get out & litness & witness. In fact, I think some of the little people who do the most unseen jobs are perhaps going to get rewarded the most one of these days. They're the ones who are going to step out & get the medals & the rewards & the crowns, & for the first time really get what is coming to them, & the whole universe is going to know!—

11. "Well‚ who is that? Never heard of them!" "Don't you know? This is one of the typists who made the ministry possible!" "Typist?" Dum-ta-dum-ta–dum! Out step some others: "Who are they? Never heard of them!" "Why, these are the cooks! If David hadn't had something to eat, there wouldn't have been anything!" Dum-ta-dum-ta-dum. "Who in the World are those, that motley crew?" "Those are the ones who washed the dishes, swept the floor‚ mowed the lawn, raked the leaves & kept the books!" PTL?—Or fixed the cars, changed the diapers, taught the kids!

12. SO WE'RE TO RUN WITH PATIENCE THE RACE THAT IS SET BEFORE US, the real work, which is out in the World or wherever God has called us. And the only way we can really run this race is by doing what?—"Looking unto Jesus!" (Heb.12:2) That's the only way you can have the patience to stand there & do dishes or cook or sit behind that typewriter all day or do all that hard work around the house or take care of the kids, etc. So keep your eyes on Jesus, "the Author & Finisher of our faith!" PTL! GBY All!