Did you know that there is racing in the Bible? Whether it was by foot or horse or chariot people ran and raced. There are two specific stories that I would like to share with you today.
Our first story is found in 2 Kings 9. It is about Jehu, a commander, who was anointed King by a prophet of God. His job was to take back Israel from the wicked kings. According to the Bible he was a talented chariot driver. As he and his men charged towards the city messengers were sent to inquire about their intentions. Each time the messenger would join Jehu and his men, growing their army one man at a time. Finally the wicked kings came out to meet Jehu but were terrified by what they found. Jehu and his men were riding fast and furious towards the city. The Bible says he drove like a maniac. As they neared the city they killed the wicked kings and took control of Israel. Jehu the wild chariot racer became the new king of Israel.
Our second story is found in John 20:4. Now when Jesus died he was buried in a tomb and after three days he rose from the dead. The women who had gone to anoint him told the disciples that Jesus’ body was no longer in the tomb. Before anyone could say anything Peter and John bolted for the door. They ran all the way from town to the entrance of the tomb. They ran as fast as they could but John was faster and ended beating Peter to the entrance. I’m sure they were more concerned about finding Jesus but John still thought it was important to add that he was a fast runner.
There was a lot of running around and chasing that went on in the Bible. People running for their lives, people running to help others, people running to attack, people running running running. In today’s society we also run. We run to work, school and appointments. We run to get ready. We run away from problems. We run, run, run. However, out of all the running that we do there is one type of running that we should continue. We should never stop running towards Christ. In 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 is says “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air.” It doesn’t matter how you run, whether it’s slow or fast or sideways or sporadic as long as you continue to run.