Our spiritual lives are like a race. In order to run the race, we must first enter the race. When we put Christ on in baptism, as is commanded in Acts 2:38 and other verses, we are entering the race. But just because we enter the race does not mean that we will be victorious. The race will be difficult at times. If our minds and our bodies are not prepared, then we will not have the endurance to make it to the end. The preparation needed for our spiritual lives takes place before and after baptism. It is necessary to study the Word of God to not only learn the things that we should do and should not do to be pleasing to God, but to also strengthen our faith so that we will walk in His ways daily. 2 Timothy 2:15. Our race is lived out each day. Sometimes we are doing well and seem to be leading in the race. Sometimes we begin to fade and are desperately in need of strength and guidance. We must all remember as we run this race of life that we are running towards our Father in Heaven who has given us the tools to run the race until the very end. As long as we keep running the race according to His will we will be victorious.
As Paul was beginning to close out 2 Timothy he gives us hope of what will happen if we faithfully run the race of life. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:7-8. We too can be like Paul and have the faith and endurance to finish the race of life. Let us all keep our eyes on heaven and continue running faithfully until we see our God.