Helping the Runner

OK, let’s test your football knowledge. Do you know the names of the signs in the picture above? If you know a bit about football, my guess is that you know the first three signals. They are “Touchdown,” “First Down,” and “Holding.” However, you will only know the last signal if you are a football junkie. It’s called “Helping the Runner.” It is illegal for a teammate to push, pull or lift a runner to assist his forward progress. The penalty for doing so is 10 yards. If you didn’t know the last signal, don’t feel too bad. It’s never called. I’ve seen it many times. But, I’ve never seen it called.

When it comes to our Christian lives, we are not only permitted to “Help the Runner,” but we are commanded to do so. In Hebrews 12:1, the Christian life is described as a race that must be run with endurance. Later, we read, “Strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble, and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed” (Heb. 12:12-13). These verses call all Christians to help other Christians run the race of life with endurance.

Are you “Helping the Runner”?

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