Running a Good Race
Galatians 5:7-10 (NIV)
7 You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth?8 That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. 9 “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.” 10 I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion, whoever that may be, will have to pay the penalty.
Athletes who are competing in running events need to follow certain rules in order to win. It’s one thing to be in shape to complete the race, but they also need to follow the rules. In the Olympic sprints, you need to stay in your own lane and cannot have more than two false starts. In a marathon, you need to follow the official route and start from the beginning and finish at the end. You need to register, wear a bib number and complete the course. You’ll find that there are those who don’t follow the rules and will cheat to get to the finish line with a faster time. Some are caught taking short-cuts, renting a bike, or hopping in a car to improve their time. With so many cameras available, the cheaters are usually caught.
We are also running a spiritual race. Paul was warning the disciples that there will be those who will cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth. At that time, there were false teachers teaching the disciples that they need to follow the law and need to be circumcised. The good news is that those deceivers will be caught and will need to pay the penalty. To keep from being confused from false teaching and even false thoughts that come into our heads, we need to check the word of God to see if what we are hearing is true. If you’re running a good race, you don’t want somebody to cut in front of you to trip you up. You need to be aware of your surroundings, especially for Satan who will try to deceive you.