The call of the gospel is to get out of the bleachers and onto the track; to get out of the locker room and into the race.
2 I will open my mouth with a parable;
I will utter hidden things, things from of old—
3 things we have heard and known,
things our ancestors have told us.
4 We will not hide them from their descendants;
we will tell the next generation
the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD,
his power, and the wonders he has done.
5 He decreed statutes for Jacob
and established the law in Israel,
which he commanded our ancestors
to teach their children,
6 so the next generation would know them,
even the children yet to be born,
and they in turn would tell their children.
7 Then they would put their trust in God
and would not forget his deeds
but would keep his commands. (Psalm 78:2-7)
These verses from Psalm 78 read like a relay race. A relay race is different than an open race. In an open race, you essentially have one goal – to cross the finish line ahead of everybody else. One of my favorite races to watch – not run – is the 400 meter. It is an all-out sprint for one lap around the track; it’s kind of like running suicide.
The gun sounds, and off you all go and if you cross the finish line ahead of everybody else and you didn’t break the rules along the way, you win the 400.
My favorite race of all is the 4X400 meter relay.
In a relay race, you run as part of a team. You don’t all run together, you run sequentially – one after the other. The first runner takes a baton and when the gun sounds, she takes off. When she finishes her lap, the race is not over, she then passes the baton to the second runner and she runs a lap and passes the baton to the third runner, who runs her lap and passes the baton to the fourth and final runner. The first team to cross the finish line having moved the baton around the track 4 times is the winner.