The Bible is full of imagery, metaphors, and similes that the biblical writers used to communicate truths about God in a way that could be easily understood by their audience. What makes these images and illustrations so effective is how memorable they are: the wings of eagles, the eye of a needle, the log in your eye. When describing what our proper response to God and his work ought to be, one of the metaphors used in scripture is that of a race. The metaphor of a race was easily accessible in the Greco-Roman world, and communicated the self-control, dedication, and effort that godly living requires. The christian life is like a race, and we must run the race with endurance. We must run the race in such a way that shows we are pursuing the prize, namely, God and life with Him.
In the previous sermon series of Romans 9-12, we learned about God’s role in salvation, God’s faithfulness to his people, and God’s guarantee that he will honour his covenant with Abraham. In this sermon series, we will be looking at several passages that focus on our response to God’s faithfulness. Let us run the race with endurance in order to gain the prize of eternal life with God!