When I was in high school, I was a fast sprinter. Most people could not beat me in a short sprint, but I was not good at long distance runs. I would have a burst of energy that I could kind tap into and really take off. (Today I am not even a good sprinter. I'm really not good at any kind of running.) One thing I discovered back then as a member of the track and field team was that I always did better in practice when there was an audience. All of a sudden I would feel a little more energetic, especially when there was a pretty girl watching.
As Christians in the race of life, we, too, have an audience: the Lord Jesus. Hebrews 12 reminds us, "Since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith" (verses 1–2).Let us run with endurance . . . keeping our eyes on Jesus
. You see, the Christian life is not a sprint; it is a long distance run. So we have to think of the big picture.
Here is how to run the race well. Here is how to run it according to the rules. Here is how to run it with joy. Run it for Jesus. Don't run it for people to impress them. Don't run it out of mere duty. You have an audience of one: Christ Himself is watching you. Run for Him. It will help you do much better.