Prior to the passage below, the members of the Hall of faith are introduced. Hebrews chapter 11 serves as a summary of the great men and women of faith who have walked the face of the earth. I guess you can refer to these individuals as spiritual giants. The context of running likely represents those inspired to follow in the footsteps of these godly people.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God, Hebrews 12:1-2.
Meanwhile, the apostle Paul eludes to a sporting event in his letter to the church at Corinth. The Corinthians Games are similar to the modern day Summer Olympics with an emphasis on track and field. Paul is encouraging readers to see the big picture, only one person is victorious per event. Therefore, run in such a way which glorifies God.
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it, 1 Corinthians 9:24.
In modern times, there are some who take short cuts to get ahead in life. These decisions shape your character. The only problem is if you get away with cutting corners, you might be tempted to continue living on the edge. Any type of compromise will disqualify you. Therefore, if you want to start running with the giants of the faith, take the advice of God’s Word. If you want it enough, developing a daily spiritual regiment will get you in shape to make running with these giants possible.
by Jay Mankus