Running seems to be one of the most popular past times these days ( I would add cycling in that too, especially in Ca). It seems like everyone is running. I remember a time before I got married I was running about 5-8 miles every other day. I think I was mostly running to be in great shape for my wedding (that’s a different post for a another day).
One day it dawned on me that, “I hate running!” Not only does running take a long time but it also takes a big toll on your body. Sure my heart was in good shape but my knees and my back hurt like heck and honestly, it’s kind of boring.
However, running is a great metaphor for life, even Jesus used it to describe our lives.
Matthew 6:30-33 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
“Run after these things…” It is interesting that Jesus would use this type of language to describe human behavior and our tendency to pursue material and temporal things in this world. Jesus does validate the “need” when he said, “your heavenly Father knows that you need them.” To deny we need them or that they are of some value is foolish.
So, after validating their humanness he calls them to something better, something of greater value and importance. By contrast, “run after” the King and the Kingdom and as a result of that pursuit the other things, which you and I need, will be taking care of too. Wow, what a promise.
There is so many things a run after in this world (some good and some bad). Here is a short list of what I find myself running after these days:
- Approval from people (some people who don’t even know or care about me)
- Success and money. In hopes that people will think I am of value too.
- Amusement / entertainment. It helps me forget my pain and disappointments.
Sometimes those things we run after are our attempts to be distracted from what is really going on. We also run after other things to avoid God and the work He longs to do in our lives. The work of making us Complete in Him.
What are you running after right now in your life? What is on your short list? Not in general (like everyone else) – what is it right now? What is that one thing that is keeping you from running after God and His best for your life?