In a race to whom is the end of the race important the watcher or the racer? I was pondering this thought as I was taking my shower and I saw a very interesting correlation between this analogy and the difference between followers and believers. I liken followers to the “bride” of Christ and “believers” to the “guests” at the wedding. To the bride it is very important to know when her wedding date will be and she will be interested in every detail of the man she is to marry. To a guest it is optional, it doesn’t matter where or when the wedding will be, or even what time, because the guest is not as concerned about promptness, and for that matter still hasn’t really R.S.V.P.’d to determine if they will attend.
Today, we have to make a decision are we going to continue to be spectator Christians sitting on the sideline of our faith or are we going to get in the race and be followers (disciples)?
I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all. (Ecc 9:11)
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Heb 12:1-2)
Notice the verb the writer uses, “run” this race, not watch it.