Wednesday, February 8th, 2012
I will run the course of Your commandments, for You shall enlarge my heart.
Psalm 119:32 (NKJV)
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.
Hebrews 12:1 (NKJV)
Politicians run for office, athletes for marathons, businessmen for appointments, parents for errands, and actors for auditions. But Christians run to follow God.
Healthy running enlarges the heart correctly; unhealthy running enlarges the heart dangerously: 'Running naturally strengthens the heart muscle and can prompt an increase in size. However, runners may also have an enlarged heart due to other reasons, such as heart valve disease or high blood pressure' ('LiveStrong' website).
As a late-in-life committed Christian, I run. Converts are passionate runners, because we remember the death walk all too well. Who wouldn't want to run away from a long stint in prison? Who wouldn't want freedom once recognized? I have no time to lose, but do any of us?
As an added value, we reap excellent benefits from God-enlarged hearts: 'For by You I can run upon a troop; By my God I can leap over a wall' (2 Samuel 22:30). 'Those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired' (Isaiah 40:31).
'The Name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe' (Proverbs 18:10).
On the good side, we're not the only ones running, 'For the Eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him' (2 Chronicles 16:9). Not only that, but 'He sends out His command to the earth; His word runs very swiftly' (Psalm 147:15).
On the bad side, running after anything but God is dangerous. Among the seven things that 'are an abomination' to the Lord are 'feet that are swift in running to evil' (see Proverbs 6:16-19).
I encourage God's stars to run after spiritual and physical fitness (in that order); to recognize that we are in the race of our lives. Therefore, let's run toward God's destiny for us with intention and joy. Actors, models, and talent for Christ: you set the pace.
The reward? 'The crown of glory that does not fade away' (1 Peter 5:4).