Heb 12:1, 2 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; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
As a marathon runner (slow but sure), I have always been inspired by these verses. The work for race, ἀγών (agone) is the word from which we get “agony.” Simply stated, the Christian life is NOT a sprint, it is clearly a long-distance course, with Christ’s everlasting presence at the finish line.
Let’s go back to Paul again…1Cor. 9:24, 26 So run, that you may obtain… I run, not as if I were uncertain.
Does your race show you’re heading towards this incorruptible prize (1 Cor. 9:25)?