Get A Running Start
June 30, 2019

Get A Running Start

The second point for living above the bar from the track and field sport of pole-vaulting is to get a running start. A pole-vaulter can’t clear the bar by standing still. They have to get a running start.

When David went out to battle against Goliath, he wasn’t hesitant or doubtful. He literally ran out to do battle. Even though Goliath had military might and skill, David believed he had the edge because he came to battle in God’s name. Therefore, David had complete confidence in the victory. 

David lived life above the bar. 

The Bible talks about getting a running start, not towards evil, but towards God, and we do this by moving forward in His word, the Bible.

“I run in the path of Your commands, for You have set my heart free.” (Psalm 119:32)

When we run in the pathway of God’s word, then God will not only set our hearts free, but He’ll also send His word to us quickly. 

“He sends His command to the earth; His word runs swiftly.” (Psalm 147:15)

 The writer of Hebrews tells us we are to run the race set before us, but to do so we need to throw off, that is confess and repent, all the sin and weight that weighs us down in life (Hebrews 12:1).

We all know those sins that in our lives, but he also tells us about the weights as well. 

If you notice anything about pole-vaulters, they strip down to their shorts and tee shirt. They don’t jump in their sweats because that adds extra weight preventing them from making it over the bar. 

The same goes for our lives. There is just a lot of junk we continue to hold onto to, and while it might not be sin it’s preventing us from being everything God created us to be. It prevents us from getting above the bar. 

So let’s get rid of the unimportant stuff that is in our lives, and take off running in the will and ways of God.

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