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Amir Tsarfati: Don’t Let Sin Rob You Of Finishing The Race Strong

Amir Tsarfati

The Apostle Paul loved to use metaphors to describe the Christian life. His three favorites were that of a soldier, a boxer, and a runner. His use of each was specific to a point he was making, but overall, they each carried with them a common theme – commitment. The soldier must be committed to the battle, the boxer to their training, and the athlete to preparing for the race. We also see a recuring theme of sacrifice in these metaphors.

While the boxer and solider may have weight training included in their preparations, the runner does not. Extra bulk and weight slow the runner’s speed and the same is true for the spiritual application in Hebrews. Running the race with the extra weight of sin saps us of our endurance. The race that was once a joy becomes a burden and we become ensnared with other things. The Greek word translated “ensnares” means, “to stand still”.

There is a vivid picture of this in Psalm 1:

When someone finds themself walking in ungodly counsel, they will soon come to a standstill spiritually and even open the door for scorning what they once loved. Instead of being happy to go to church it becomes an obligation. Bible reading is viewed as inconvenient instead of inspiring. Spiritual growth comes to a halt.

Paul is not saying that if you break the rules, you lose your salvation. But rather, if you burden yourself with weights and sins – as Hebrews says – your effectiveness in reaching others with the truth is hindered. This is far more important than obtaining a perishable crown. Living in a way wherein your flesh is in subjection to the Spirit in all things is the most effective way to run with endurance.

We are nearing the end of the race and there are many hurdles and obstacles the enemy is putting in our way. Running through or jumping over them requires laying aside things that hinder us.

We have all seen a long-distance runner who saves a kick for the end of the race – We’re at that stage in ours. So, let’s lay aside the endurance-robbing things of this life. Let’s run strong as we near the finish line and the imperishable crown that awaits us!

Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus!


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The Apostle Paul loved to use metaphors to describe the Christian life. His three favorites were that of a soldier, a boxer, and a runner. His use of each was specific to a point he was making, but overall, they each carried with them a common theme – commitment. The soldier must be committed to the battle, the boxer to their training, and the athlete to preparing for the race. We also see a recuring theme of sacrifice in these metaphors.

While the boxer and solider may have weight training included in their preparations, the runner does not. Extra bulk and weight slow the runner’s speed and the same is true for the spiritual application in Hebrews. Running the race with the extra weight of sin saps us of our endurance. The race that was once a joy becomes a burden and we become ensnared with other things. The Greek word translated “ensnares” means, “to stand still”.

There is a vivid picture of this in Psalm 1:

When someone finds themself walking in ungodly counsel, they will soon come to a standstill spiritually and even open the door for scorning what they once loved. Instead of being happy to go to church it becomes an obligation. Bible reading is viewed as inconvenient instead of inspiring. Spiritual growth comes to a halt.

Paul is not saying that if you break the rules, you lose your salvation. But rather, if you burden yourself with weights and sins – as Hebrews says – your effectiveness in reaching others with the truth is hindered. This is far more important than obtaining a perishable crown. Living in a way wherein your flesh is in subjection to the Spirit in all things is the most effective way to run with endurance.

We are nearing the end of the race and there are many hurdles and obstacles the enemy is putting in our way. Running through or jumping over them requires laying aside things that hinder us.

We have all seen a long-distance runner who saves a kick for the end of the race – We’re at that stage in ours. So, let’s lay aside the endurance-robbing things of this life. Let’s run strong as we near the finish line and the imperishable crown that awaits us!

Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus!


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