Run­ning the race

Manila Bulletin - - Editorial -

READ: 2 PETER 3:1-18

While you are wait­ing for these things to hap­pen, make every ef­fort to be found liv­ing peaceful lives that are pure and blame­less in his sight (2 Peter 3:14).

IN 2005 Dean Kar­nazes ran 350 miles in eighty hours—set­ting the world record for dis­tance run­ning with­out sleep. Ten years later, Rob Young, nick­named the “Marathon Man,” broke the record by cov­er­ing nearly 374 miles in eightyeight hours. Young, who had en­dured abuse by his fa­ther as a child, said he ran with two goals in mind: to test the lim­its of hu­man en­durance and to help the world be­come a bet­ter place for kids.

The apos­tle Peter en­cour­ages us to con­tinue run­ning the race for Je­sus—mak­ing “every ef­fort to be found liv­ing peaceful lives that are pure and blame­less in [God’s] sight,” and to “grow in the grace and knowl­edge of our Lord and Sav­ior Je­sus Christ” (2 Peter 3:14,18). As we press on, we’re re­minded that although the race in Christ can some­times seem to be long and tax­ing, God “isn’t re­ally be­ing slow about his prom­ise”—He’s sim­ply pa­tiently al­low­ing us to keep fol­low­ing His pace, for “He does not want any­one to be de­stroyed, but wants ev­ery­one to re­pent” (2 Peter 3:9).

Rob Young runs to raise funds to help kids find a bet­ter life. As be­liev­ers in Je­sus, we also run life’s race to serve oth­ers: work­ing to­ward help­ing them ex­pe­ri­ence God’s life and joy—now and eter­nally. We run against winds blow­ing con­trary to God’s truth— in­clud­ing dis­tor­tions of God’s in­tent for healthy sex­u­al­ity, self­ish de­sires, and a ten­dency to re­sist His re­al­ity (2 Peter 2:10; 3:3). How­ever, we can live pure, blame­less, grace-filled lives by shar­ing Christ’s spirit through His Spirit as we look for­ward to our fu­ture with Je­sus (2 Peter 3:12). He pro­vides the wis­dom, power, and strength we need to stay in the race as we grow in Christ­like­ness. “All glory to him, both now and for­ever! Amen” (2 Peter 3:18).

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